Drought and Water

Oregon Looks To Crack Down On Water Being Used By Illegal Marijuana Grows
Oregon Looks To Crack Down On Water Being Used By Illegal Marijuana Grows
In Oregon, a new state law took effect Friday June 3rd, in an effort to crack down on illegal marijuana and hemp grows using water intended for legitimate agricultural operations. Alyssa Rash, with Oregon’s Water Resources Department, said there are now requirements for water haulers and suppliers to track to whom the water is going. “ ...
Despite Recent Showers Portions Of Eastern Washington Remain Dry
Despite Recent Showers Portions Of Eastern Washington Remain Dry
The Department of Ecology says a cool and wet spring brought relief to much of Washington following the drought of 2021, but in a few parts of eastern Washington, the drought lingers. Because of that , the Washington Department of Ecology has issued an amended drought declaration for watersheds in eight eastern Washington counties that will go into effect June 1st ...
Central Washington Irrigation District Named WaterSMART Recipient
Central Washington Irrigation District Named WaterSMART Recipient
The Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District has been selected to receive a federal WaterSMART grant. The Water and Energy Efficiency grant will help the District improve water use, increase renewable energy production, reduce the risk of water conflicts and provide “other benefits that will enhance water supply sustainability.” ...
NRCS: Recent Snowstorms Did Not Have A Big Impact On Idaho Snowpack
NRCS: Recent Snowstorms Did Not Have A Big Impact On Idaho Snowpack
The snowstorms of mid-April and early-May dropped a lot of snow in the higher elevations across Idaho, but according to the NRCS, those storms didn’t greatly impact the drought and water situation across the state. Corey Loveland with NRCS-Idaho said the state had already seen a large portion of the snowpack melt off, meaning what fell over the past 30 days really didn’t add to the snowpack, more
Brown Declares Drought In Four Oregon Counties
Brown Declares Drought In Four Oregon Counties
On Friday, Oregon Governor Kate Brown declared a drought in Baker, Douglas, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties. The declaration directs state agencies to coordinate and prioritize assistance to the region. "Baker, Douglas, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties are facing historic challenges from drought conditions that are creating hardships for the people, farms, ranches, communities, and ecosystems of

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