• April storms improve 2022 Pacific NW water outlook, but drought remains

    Posted on in category Localtaggedcascades , Deschutes , Drought , Environment , Weather

    The region is technically still in drought, even with this rare April snow. Learn more here.

    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Climatologists say rare April snow, along with rain sweeping across the Pacific Northwest this week could increase water supplies, slow snowmelt and lengthen the irrigation season.

    Impacts, however, will vary by region, and experts predict drought conditions will persist, the Capital Press reported.

    Washington state climatologist Nick Bond said irrigators will benefit from April storms, but it won’t be enough to end the eastern Washington drought.

    According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, in eastern Washington it would take 159% to 368% of normal precipitation levels over the next two months to end the…

  • Irrigation districts issue drought declaration request; earliest on record

    Posted on in categories Local , RivertaggedCentral Oregon , Drought , Irrigation , Reservoirs , Water
    Central Oregon irrigation districts are requesting drought declaration – the earliest on record. Learn more here. BY BROOKE SNAVELY | CENTRAL OREGON DAILY NEWS

    Low snow pack in the mountains and low water levels in the reservoirs are prompting local farmers to request a drought declaration, the earliest on record.

    Eight irrigation districts in our area are seeking the drought declaration, because they don’t expect water storage to improve before summer’s heat sets in.

    Central Oregon farmers and ranchers and the irrigation districts who serve them already know there’s not enough water in the mountains to keep irrigation canals full during the normal growing season, April through October.

    That’s why they are filing drought declarations early.