Category Archives: Water Resources Dept.

Column: Oregon state agencies out of control

Oregon state agencies are definitely expanding their heavy-handed powers, and modeling is just a prime example. No one should be surprised at the continued overreach of some Oregon state agencies. The expanding use of computer modeling to “prove” points that actual, on-the-ground science does not prove, was predictable. The recent modeling study commissioned by Oregon […]
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Wickiup Reservoir at lowest level since early 1990s

Reservoir levels prompt concern from farmers, irrigation districts Water levels at Central Oregon’s largest reservoir are lower than they’ve been in 27 years. And with no rain in the forecast, those water levels likely aren’t done dropping. “I’ve never seen a season last this long without measurable rain,” said Gary Harris, a farmer living in […]
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Washington Is Abnormally Dry This Year, Oregon Even More So

The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state of Washington is abnormally dry. In Oregon, nearly 90 percent of the state is facing moderate to severe drought. “What we’re experiencing is part of what the entire Western United States is experiencing,” Kristin Johnson-Waggoner said. She’s a communications manager with the Water Resources Program in Washington […]
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Cattle revenues dip 50 percent; irrigators share water concerns with commissioners

Several Upper Basin irrigators shared concerns with Klamath County Commissioners on Wednesday about the approximate 50 percent loss in cattle revenue in the region, a dive that irrigators link to a call on water by the Klamath Tribes, validated by Oregon Water Resources Department. The Klamath Tribes, which have a senior water right, made the […]
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Water restrictions set for rural property owners in Douglas County

The Oregon Water Resources Department is increasing water restrictions for rural property owners who what water rights in the county. Farmers in the area say this is done every year, but this time the regulations are coming three weeks earlier than normal. Source: Water restrictions set for rural property owners in Douglas County | KATU

Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon

As drought conditions continue statewide, Douglas County is taking further action to save water. Source: Douglas County Announces Water Restrictions As Drought Conditions Continue To Plague Oregon

Central Oregon reservoirs a cause for concern

Barely 18 months after Central Oregon’s first above-average snowpack in years, its large reservoirs are once again running drier than normal as the heart of irrigation season approaches. With stream flows largely below-average across the region and more hot, dry weather in the forecast, there could be problems on the horizon for some of Central […]
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Douglas County’s Drought Order Forecasts Increased Fire Potential

Douglas County is the fifth county to declare a drought order in Oregon this year. As of May 18 snowpack in the Umpqua Basin is 26 percent of normal, according to the Natural resources Conservation Service. Source: Douglas County’s Drought Order Forecasts Increased Fire Potential | Jefferson Public Radio

Tribal call restricts Chiloquin water use

As of Monday, residents in Chiloquin cannot use city water for anything other than human consumption following a call on water by the Klamath Tribes. Due to cancelation of the Upper Klamath Basin Comprehensive Agreement last year, the city’s well is now included in tribal calls on water, subjecting the city to shutoff notices issued […]
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Gov. Brown declares drought in Lake County

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday declared a drought emergency in Lake County, signing an executive order in Salem to make it official. Under a drought declaration, the Oregon Department of Agriculture is directed to coordinate and provide assistance in seeking federal resources to mitigate drought conditions, according to the executive order, and to assist […]
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