Category Archives: Water Resources Dept.

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 […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

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 […]
Read More »

Deschutes County marijuana review brushes up against state agencies

Letters to state agencies as for more information on medical marijuana impacts. Deschutes County’s effort to revisit and refine its regulations for growing marijuana could put it at odds with a couple state agencies. Source: Deschutes County marijuana review brushes up against state agencies

Farmers in many parts of Oregon brace for low water year

A wetter-than-usual April was not enough to improve the water supply outlook for Oregon heading into summer. Despite a mercifully wet April, water shortages remain likely for farmers and ranchers across much of Oregon, especially in southern and eastern portions of the state that are dealing with the onset of drought. Gov. Kate Brown has […]
Read More »

KID seeks state control over water distribution

Oregon Water Resources Department is evaluating a request from the Klamath Irrigation District asking the agency to enforce its regulations of Upper Klamath Lake. Following an at times contentious meeting between KID’s board of directors and Bureau of Reclamation on Monday, KID’s attorney Nathan Reitmann wrote a letter on Tuesday, April 24, asking the state […]
Read More »

Drought emergency declared in Grant County

Gov. Brown cites low snowpack and precipitation. Gov. Kate Brown issued a drought emergency declaration for Grant County April 10 following a March 14 request by the Grant County Court. “I find that the continuing low snowpack, lack of precipitation, low streamflows and warming temperatures are likely to cause natural and economic disaster conditions in […]
Read More »

OWRD approves emergency rules for Klamath Basin

With Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declaring a drought emergency in Klamath County, the state Water Resources Commission has approved temporary rules granting a preference to water rights for human consumption, such as drinking, cooking and sanitation. Source: OWRD approves emergency rules for Klamath Basin

Hard lessons from the Lost Valley factory farming fiasco: Guest opinion

Only after Oregon threatened to close down Lost Valley Farm following months of violations did the disturbing problems at the 15,000-cow operation come fully to light. Dairy cows standing in hoof-deep slurry of feces and urine. Lagoons holding tens of millions of gallons of cattle manure and wastewater repeatedly over-flowing. Source: Hard lessons from the […]
Read More »