Water http://ijpr.org en Hard Times: Oregon's Disappearing Lake Abert http://ijpr.org/post/hard-times-oregons-disappearing-lake-abert <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>We knew some bodies of water would get smaller in drought years.&nbsp;</p><p>But one Oregon lake in particular is taking it hard: <a href="http://www.southernoregon.com/lakeabert/" target="_blank"><strong>Lake Abert</strong></a> in Lake County.&nbsp;</p><p>It is Oregon's only saltwater lake, and it is disappearing.&nbsp;</p><p>The lake has lost 99% of its water from its full pool volume, and is now too salty to support what life did occupy it.&nbsp; The causes are more complicated than just weather patterns.&nbsp; Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 16022 at http://ijpr.org Hard Times: Oregon's Disappearing Lake Abert Stream Bacteria Levels Rise To Unhealthy http://ijpr.org/post/stream-bacteria-levels-rise-unhealthy <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>And now, another effect of the drought: higher bacteria levels in streams.&nbsp;</p><p>It figures... less water means less dilution of naturally-occurring bacteria, and warmer water promotes the growth of bacteria.&nbsp;</p><p>But several streams around the region are showing unsafe levels of bacteria.&nbsp;</p><p>Those include a handful of <a href="http://www.rvcog.org/mn.asp?pg=natural_resources" target="_blank"><strong>Rogue Valley</strong></a> streams.&nbsp; Tue, 24 Jun 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14554 at http://ijpr.org Stream Bacteria Levels Rise To Unhealthy Water Wise Lawns (With $ Attached) http://ijpr.org/post/water-wise-lawns-attached <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>It has become nearly impossible to move around the city of Ashland without seeing signs urging people to <a href="http://http://www.ashland.or.us/Page.asp?NavID=299" target="_blank"><strong>"Be Water Wise."&nbsp; </strong></a></p><p>Assuming no midsummer rainstorms ending the drought, water restrictions will ratchet down water use in the weeks ahead.&nbsp; Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:10:20 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 14438 at http://ijpr.org Water Wise Lawns (With $ Attached) How Low Is The Snow? A Drought Update http://ijpr.org/post/how-low-snow-drought-update <p></p><p>Recent rain and snow are good to have, but probably not good enough.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The region is way behind in precipitation, and California's governor already declared a drought weeks ago.&nbsp; Oregon may follow suit if the conditions demand.&nbsp; Tue, 11 Feb 2014 18:10:10 +0000 Geoffrey Riley & Charlotte Duren 7503 at http://ijpr.org How Low Is The Snow? A Drought Update Driest California Year On Record Imminent http://ijpr.org/post/driest-california-year-record-imminent <p>December has been one of the driest months ever recorded in California, which is spurring some cities and counties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta region to issue water conservation orders earlier than usual.</p><p>The Sacramento Bee reports that the city of Folsom has already imposed a mandatory 20-percent water conservation order, while Sacramento County has asked residents in unincorporated areas to reduce water use by 20 percent.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:44:16 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 5428 at http://ijpr.org Klamath Water Deal Made http://ijpr.org/post/klamath-water-deal-made <p>Ranchers and the Klamath Tribes have reached a tentative deal for sharing water in the drought-stricken Upper Klamath Basin.</p><p></p><p>Members of a special task force signed an agreement in principal Monday in Klamath Falls. Thier goal is to reach a final agreement early in 2014 that will guide legislation to be offered by U. S. Senator Ron Wyden. Tue, 03 Dec 2013 14:46:33 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 4055 at http://ijpr.org Klamath Water Deal Made Two Klamath Basin Counties Plan New Talks http://ijpr.org/post/two-klamath-basin-counties-plan-new-talks <p>Leaders in two Klamath Basin counties who oppose taking down dams as part of a regional settlement of water issues say they&#39;re planning an alternative to talks aimed at salvaging the agreements.</p><p></p><p>The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that commissioners in Oregon&#39;s Klamath County and supervisors in California&#39;s Siskiyou County met on Monday. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:13:13 +0000 Barbara Dellenback 805 at http://ijpr.org Two Klamath Basin Counties Plan New Talks