Tag Archives: Water Resources

Extreme Heat Reverses Benefits Of Oregon’s Above-Average Snowpack

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat. The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat and little precipitation. While water reservoirs have reaped rewards from […]
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Pendleton loses two largest water supply wells 

City asks residents to hold off on outside watering. Pendleton’s two largest water supply wells are out of service, and in response the city is asking residents to cut back on outside watering. The well at Stillman Park went down last week, said Bob Patterson, the city’s public works director, and Monday around 4 a.m. […]
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Water restrictions on Douglas County streams begin later this year

It’s been a good water year in Douglas County with a good rainy season, and a banner snow season in the mountains. But Umpqua Basin Watermaster Susan Douthit said she has already implemented some water restrictions, and others will follow in the next few days. “We have already regulated Deer Creek,” she said. Source: Water […]
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Long heat wave slowing crop growth in Treasure Valley

An unrelenting heat wave in southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon is affecting crop growth and making it difficult for farmers to keep their fields wet. Farmers in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and Oregon are struggling to keep their plants watered and wet during a lengthy heat wave that could threaten a 142-year-old record. Source: […]
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Monitor wells show surge in ESPA storage

The combination of aquifer recharge, a big winter snowpack and reductions in groundwater consumption by irrigators has led to at least a 660,000 acre-foot increase in Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer storage, according to a recent analysis. Irrigators who draw from the Eastern Snake Plain Aquifer are well ahead of schedule in their efforts to reverse […]
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In Bend, Oregon, A Booming Beer Industry Puts A Squeeze On Water

An average brewery uses seven gallons of water for every one gallon of beer brewed. All of the waste water from Bend’s booming beer industry is straining the city’s wastewater treatment system. Rapid growth means big infrastructure challenges for any city. But in Bend, city officials are dealing with more than just the usual burden on […]
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Western Innovator: Hydrologist takes a world view of water

Water connects people. Oregon hydrologist Eric Sproles has a expression for it: “The great unifier.” But access to fresh water — the use and control of life-giving river basins — also is a flash point in multiple parts of the world. State Library ed:  Story does mention Northwest water resources including the Columbia and Snake […]
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How Farming Inside Wildlife Refuges Is Transforming Klamath Basin Agriculture

While controversial, the common practice of farming on the Klamath wildlife refuges has resulted in an interesting new direction for agriculture across the basin. Ryan Hartman is driving from field to field in the Klamath Basin, giving what amounts to a masterclass on how to run logistics for 3,000 acres of farmland. He troubleshoots equipment […]
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What Happens To Birds When Klamath Wildlife Refuges Dry Up?

A million birds spend time annually in the Klamath Basin’s six wildlife refuges. But that’s only a fraction of the number that thrived here when they had year-round water. A line of binoculars point upwards at a ridge on the edge of Tule Lake National Wildlife Refuge. There’s an owl’s nest in a small cave […]
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Birds Take Backseat To Fish, Farms In The Klamath Basin

There’s always a bird – or 20 –  in sight at Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. But really, there should be many, many more. This is the first story in a three-part series on the wildlife refuges of the Klamath Basin and water in the arid West. Read Part two here after it publishes Tuesday morning. Driving […]
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