The Bulletin has extensively covered the drought’s impact on Central Oregon irrigators, especially those with the most junior water rights. We should all have sympathy for those whose primary livelihood comes from agriculture, along with the businesses who supply them.
This hearing marks one of several the proposed resort has gone through since being proposed more than 16 years ago.
Farmers wonder whether carefully tended crops will make it to harvest before they dry up. Ranchers wonder whether they will find hay to sustain livestock through the fall and winter.
The low number has led a coalition of conservation and fishing organizations to call for a shutdown of all recreational steelhead fishing in the Columbia Basin for the fall season.
As the surfers enjoyed the fading light and camaraderie, there was something not quite the same about the wave they had been riding all summer.
Experts say Oregon is becoming less resilient to drought as fewer seasons of abundant rain and snow prevent it from bouncing back from hot and dry conditions.
North Unit Irrigation District lowered flows of water into its canal to negligible amounts Monday, effectively shutting off water to its patrons.
Part of the reason: more farmers and ranchers are pumping water from underground than any other year, because they didn’t get any irrigation water from a nearby lake.
For the third time in four years, Wickiup Reservoir has run out of storage water.