Greg Unger and his father, Matt, leaned in to inspect a row of ripe raspberries at the family’s 160-acre farm in Cornelius, Ore., following a brutal heat wave that gripped the Willamette Valley in late June.
On a farm outside Madras, dairy farmer Jos Poland offers his cows some hay as they cool off in an airy, fan-cooled barn. It’s his 15th year as a farmer here, but he worries that the drought, heat waves and declining water supply have set him on a path towards closure.
More than 100 Jefferson County farmers with millions on the line listened with grim faces as they took in some bleak news: They’re getting less water.
Much of Oregon is currently experiencing some level of drought. In many parts of the state, this means water is not available to meet all demands or satisfy all existing water rights.
The North Unit Irrigation District, which serves Jefferson County farmland, has cut water allotments to patrons for the second time in less than two weeks in a move to conserve water.
Inside an open-air warehouse on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, Jim Souers opens up a spigot to release fresh water into containers that can be distributed for free to members of the community. It’s a blessing for a community that has suffered repeated system failures and boil water notices.
The western United States is dry as the region faces Unprecedented drought.
As the mercury climbs this weekend, water temperatures are also expected to increase. Warmer waters can spell bad news for salmon, especially if the temperatures stay warm for long periods of time.
A 2021 grasshopper “hazard map” shows densities of at least 15 insects per square yard (meter) in large areas of Montana, Wyoming and Oregon and portions of Idaho, Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska.