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No drought year for parts of Oregon and California

FILE - This May 7, 2013 file photo shows Klamath Falls, Ore., top, on the far side of Upper Klamath Lake. Tens of thousands of acres in Oregon's drought-stricken Klamath Basin will have to go without irrigation water this summer after the Klamath Tribes and the federal government exercised for the first time newly confirmed powers that put the American Indian tribes in the driver's seat over the use of water. (AP Photo/The Herald and News, Steven Silton)

Conditions are still dry, but there are no signs of drought in Southern Oregon and Northern California this year.

The U.S Drought Monitor indicates most of the region is free from drought worries this year, thanks to abundant precipitation during the fall and winter months. The Butte Springs and the Rogue River also act as major water sources for most of the community.

Droughts in the past have usually impacted agricultural communities more than municipal communities. "When the state declares drought within a county, often times they think it's their potable drinking water. More often than not, it happens to be part of the agricultural community," David Searcy, head of conservationist for the Medford Water Commission says.

Medford Water Commission says although we are not in a drought, residents should still focus on conserving the water they have. They have provided many resources about water conservation on their website, including the number needed for the sprinkler check-up program.

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