• Prineville Reservoir hits lowest level in more than 20 years

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    Prineville Reservoir is seeing its lowest levels in over 20 years. Learn more here.

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    PRINEVILLE, Ore. (KTVZ) — The water level at the Prineville Reservoir has slowly been getting lower and lower.

    This year, the reservoir has hit its lowest water level since the 1990s, at 18% of capacity, according to Prineville Reservoir State Park Manager Chris Gerdes.

    While the reservoir’s water level fluctuates through the years, it has stayed low the last few years.

    “It happens periodically,” Gerdes told NewsChannel 21 Tuesday. “Any time that the reservoir gets below 30%, that’s where issues happen.”

    The reservoir is at 26% now, with the only visitors being a dozen or…

  • City of Bend gets moving on projects to update, upgrade Awbrey Butte-area water system

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    Awbrey Butte will be seeing improvements to its water distribution system. Learn more about the project here.

    By Bola Gbadebo of KTVZ

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Several improvements for northwest Bend’s water distribution system are on the way with the Awbrey Butte Waterline Improvement Project over the next few years, to replace and extend aging or too-small water pipelines serving the area.

    “It identifies some of the big items we need to address soon,” Senior Project Engineer Jake Sherman said Monday.

    Not one or two, but eight interrelated water improvement projects are planned in the area of Awbrey Butte, phased over a two-year period, to boost capacity, replace aging and small water pipes, and ensure adequate firefighting…

  • Irrigation districts issue drought declaration request; earliest on record

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    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.