Tag Archives: Water Resources

Ample February snowfall boosts Oregon stream forecasts

What a difference a month makes. Oregon snowpack was averaging just 73% of normal at the beginning of February, setting the stage for low spring and summer stream flows, particularly west of the Cascade Range. The story has been much different in March, after weeks of record-breaking snowfall and precipitation from Crater Lake to Baker […]
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NRCS: Idaho, Oregon water outlooks brighten dramatically

Snowpack in some basins totals 200 percent of normal. A parade of February storms bolstered the mountain snowpacks in Idaho and Oregon, making up for below-average previous totals, according to the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Source: NRCS: Idaho, Oregon water outlooks brighten dramatically | Water | capitalpress.com

OSU-Cascades Racks Up Water Research Grants

Oregon State University Cascades is expanding as a research hub, just a few years after it became a four-year university. Oregon State University-Cascades is expanding as a research hub, just a few years after it became a four-year university. This month, the Bend campus announced a $2.97 million grant through the U.S. Department of Energy to develop technology for treating the […]
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A brute and a boon

Last month was among the coldest and wettest Februaries for Medford in decades, according to National Weather Service data. “When you look at the month as a whole, and the cold and the wet and the snow, you’ve got to go back 50, 60 years to find a February that was worse than this one,” […]
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Almost all regions in Oregon surpass median snowpack levels

Almost the entire state of Oregon has surpassed its median snowpack levels as winter precipitation has continuously impacted the state in early March. Most of the state, with the exception of the Western Columbia River Gorge, has reached more than 100 percent of its median snow water equivalent. Source: Almost all regions in Oregon surpass […]
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Increased Oregon water reporting debated

More irrigators could be required to report water usage to Oregon regulators under proposed legislation that agriculture groups worry will have unintended consequences and limited benefits. Source: Increased Oregon water reporting debated

Snowfall breaks more records

Snowpack is back above normal. Central Oregon has experienced much harsher winters in past years, but the snowfall this month has been the highest in February since the National Weather Service in Pendleton started tracking weather observations in 1901. Source: Snowfall breaks more records; Snowpack is back above normal

February Storms Have Helped, But The PNW Could Still Face Drought

The Northwest has seen plenty of snow and cold temperatures these last few weeks. But forecasters say some areas could still face drought this summer. Last month, climatologists were pretty concerned about the lack of snow. But then came February, and with it, piles of snow throughout the Northwest. While that has helped the region’s […]
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Editorial: Snowpack levels stage a comeback

There’s good news to report today about snow in the mid-valley — although if you’ve arisen today to see a fresh coating of the white stuff on area roads, you might not necessarily agree, at least not at first. We spend a lot of time editorially fretting about the status of the region’s snowpack, especially considering […]
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Winter storms boost Oregon snowpack

Oregon’s snowpack is getting a much-needed boost statewide, thanks to a recent wave of winter storms that since the beginning of February have dumped several feet of new snow in the Cascade Range, including 3 feet on Mount Hood and 2 feet near Crater Lake National Park. The entire state has seen a 20 to […]
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