Hard Times: Oregon's Disappearing Lake Abert

Jul 17, 2014

Lake Abert in 2010.
Credit Ron Larson

We knew some bodies of water would get smaller in drought years. 

But one Oregon lake in particular is taking it hard: Lake Abert in Lake County. 

It is Oregon's only saltwater lake, and it is disappearing. 

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.  The causes are more complicated than just weather patterns. 

Wildlife biologist Ron Larson and hydrologist Joseph Eilers explain what's been happening to the lake, and why it is a cause for concern.