Tag Archives: Water Supply

Cole Rivers hatchery workers use low-tech workarounds

Dave Pease opens a tray of spring chinook salmon eggs just now hatching at Cole Rivers Hatchery and gives them a little cleaning that could save their lives or kill them. Guided by a red-light head lamp so as not to stress the tiny chinook still emerging from the eggs, Pease runs a small paint […]
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Early season snowfall, precipitation lagging across Oregon

A dry start to the fall season is raising some concerns among state water managers about the possibility of drought returning to Oregon, especially in the Rogue and Umpqua river basins. Overall precipitation is measuring well below normal for the water year that began Sept. 30, according to the latest water conditions report from the […]
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Four Oregon water projects win $2.5 million in grant funding

Four water projects have won nearly $2.5 million in grant funding from the Oregon Water Resources Commission while 10 other proposals seeking $9.8 million were rejected. The 2019 grants mark the fourth cycle of funding from Oregon’s water supply development fund and also the lowest total amount awarded since the program was enacted. Source: Four […]
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Warrenton wants water equity

Already one of the 15 largest cities in Oregon by area at more than 17 square miles, Warrenton sends about one-third of the water it treats to customers outside city limits, mostly to the south in Clatsop Plains and Gearhart. With the city at about 70% of capacity and the region experiencing rapid growth, officials […]
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Reservoir levels bode well for sufficient irrigation supplies in ’20

Much of S. Idaho supply would be adequate even if snowpack lags averages. The water supply for irrigation next year is expected to be sufficient in much of southern Idaho even if the snowpack lags long-term averages. Irrigated agriculture, prevalent in much of southern Idaho and parts of eastern Oregon, benefited from a strong 2019 […]
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Too early to worry about low precipitation in Central Oregon

A few good storms could help fill reservoirs, bring Central Oregon back to par. Precipitation in the Upper Deschutes and Crooked river area since Oct. 1, the start of the water year, is not quite half of the average, according to recent data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. According to the conservation service’s Oregon […]
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Low-Water Hazards Prompt Limited Use Of Willamette Valley Reservoirs

Federal officials are limiting access to several Willamette Basin reservoirs because of low water level potential hazards. As a result of low precipitation this fall, the low water levels are exposing soft, muddy areas of lakebed, which could pose a danger to users using the reservoirs for recreational activities. Source: Low-Water Hazards Prompt Limited Use […]
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Editorial: Prineville water contract finally a reality

It’s taken years and an act of Congress to bring water security to the city of Prineville. Thanks to action taken by the Prineville City Council on Oct. 22, the process is just about done. That day the council voted to sign a contract with the federal Bureau of Reclamation for water from the Crooked […]
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Reservoirs off to good start for new year

As the 2019 irrigation season came to a close, and the new water year begins, one thing is certain: all four reservoirs in Malheur County are off to a good start for refilling. Three of the them are at more than 40 percent of capacity, with Warm Springs Reservoir already half full and Owyhee Reservoir […]
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Editorial Healing the Deschutes is about more than piping

The Deschutes River can flow near Bend at a roiling 980,000 gallons a minute in the summer. But those spectacular summer flows can tell a misleading tale about the river. The changes that have been made to the river to provide irrigation — dams, reservoirs and canals — can degrade habitat. Source: Editorial Healing the […]
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