Tag Archives: Water Resources

No veto expected for pipeline project

Last year, Gov. Kate Brown vetoed $1.8 million to help build 3.3 miles of underground pipes for the Rogue River Valley Irrigation District to provide more water for fish, farmers and the Agate Reservoir. This year, the governor is expected to sign off on the project. “It is not going to be vetoed,” Rep. Pam […]
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Milton-Freewater gets new watermaster

Milton-Freewater’s new assistant watermaster is on the way. The Oregon Water Resources Department announced it hired Robert Nuvolini as the new assistant watermaster to cover the Milton-Freewater and Walla Walla sub-basin areas. He replaces Dan Koch. Source: Milton-Freewater gets new watermaster – Local News – East Oregonian

Another Drought Year Promises To Test Klamath Basin

With a drought on the horizon, the Klamath Basin prepares for the worst. Shavon Haynes tromps into a small, quiet clearing in the woods on Mount Ashland. He drops a black pack into the knee-deep snow. He pulls out a snow sampler, two lengths of worn metal pipe and screws them together. “I’ve dubbed it […]
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Cannabis vs Water

Editor’s note: With the likelihood of a severe drought impacting irrigators this summer, the Herald and News wanted to learn how illegal marijuana grows may factor into the water shortage. Such illicit operations are notorious for drawing large amounts of water and diverting flows from streams to irrigate their unlicensed crops. When H&N spoke to […]
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Study: Snowpack has declined dramatically across the West

Scientists have found dramatically declining snowpack across the American West over the past six decades that will likely cause water shortages in the region that cannot be managed by building reservoirs, according to a study published Friday. The study led by scientists from Oregon State University and the University of California, Los Angeles found drops […]
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Study shows snowpack levels dramatic decline in Oregon, west

Since 1915, the average snowpack in western states has declined by between 15 and 30 percent, the researchers say. A new study of long-term snow monitoring sites in the western United States found declines in snowpack at more than 90 percent of those sites – and one-third of the declines were deemed significant. Source: Study […]
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Winter is not done yet, snowpack is improving 

Much to the delight of recreation and water managers, springlike weather in early February has been replaced by late winter storms carrying enough snow to ease some worries about a woeful snowpack in the Cascades. A snowpack once registering 41 percent of normal earlier in the Rogue and Umpqua Basins on Feb. 1, has made […]
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Actual Accumulation

The mountain snowpack in Northeastern Oregon is still a bit undernourished after a winter that’s featured more famine than feast. But it’s been adding weight at a healthy rate the past few weeks. The snowpack — the main source of water for irrigation and recreation during the summer in this arid region — was barely […]
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Oregon snowpack rebounding, but still below average

Snowpack is improving in Oregon heading into March, but still below average in every basin across the state. February was a tale of two seasons for Oregon’s snow-starved mountains and river basins. The first half of the month saw warm and dry weather carry over from December and January, with total snowpack languishing around 40 […]
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Since You Asked: Snowpack’s better, but still not good

Q: So what has all this February snow done for our snowpack? Are we out of the woods in terms of a possible drought? A: Linda, we at Since You Asked Central also noticed the constant barrage of snowstorms this past month and a quick call to Julie Koeberle, the snow goddess of the federal […]
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