More than a third of Oregon was in severe drought conditions or worse between 2000 and 2020, and, even with the wet weather this spring, a big part of Oregon will be dry again this summer. It is time to stop being shocked and amazed about drought in Oregon. It is a reality that requires stronger leadership. Unlike Washington state, under Kate Brown, Oregon has failed to strategically invest in policies and infrastructure to help our farmers, fisheries and communities make it through predictable drought conditions. As a state lawmaker, I strongly supported critical water and irrigation infrastructure investments – from Tillamook County to Umatilla County.

As Oregon’s independent governor, I will reverse decades of inaction on water policy to maximize water management for all Oregonians. I will do the hard work to keep water flowing to support our farms, to protect fish and wildlife, to manage our forests and, most importantly, to provide clean and safe drinking water for every Oregon community.