drought

Jefferson Exchange | July 31, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu July 31, 2014

Ashland's Drought Summit

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The euphemism "D word" went out of favor early in this calendar year. 

Public officials and water managers just came right out and said "drought" when it became clear the winter would not deliver the usual amount of snow and rain. 

California's governor made his drought declaration before the end of January, and efforts to conserve water have been widespread. 

The City of Ashland is one of several jurisdictions making special moves to encourage conservation. 

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Dry Summer Looms
10:11 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Ashland Heads For Water Restrictions

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Car washing and outdoor watering could draw frowns and even fines in the city of Ashland this summer, if drought conditions persist. 

The city is beginning to use the word "will" rather than "might" in discussing water restrictions. 

Just before the rains of early May began, the city announced potential water restrictions for later in the year. 

Those could include banning all outdoor use of water, whether for gardens or car washing or anything else.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Taking Drought Action In Ashland Parks

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There's not much we can do about drought, other than take actions that reduce our need for water. 

The city of Ashland is doing just that in its city parks.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Working To Boost Flows In Drought-Stricken Streams

The Mattole River at Arthur Way County Memorial Park.
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Rains finally came to the region recently. 

And now they're leaving. 

Which means we're essentially back to where we were a few weeks ago: looking at a drought, likely a severe one. 

The Earth Law Center and other groups warn of stream flows too low for salmon and other fish to survive this year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Klamath County Prepares For Drought

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California got there first, but Oregon is not far behind: declaring drought before winter is even over. 

Gov. Jerry Brown made the California declaration in mid-January.  Gov. Kitzhaber has only made declarations for four Oregon counties so far: Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 11, 2014

How Low Is The Snow? A Drought Update

A snow survey in the Sierra, 2008. That's Frank Gehrke on the right.
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Recent rain and snow are good to have, but probably not good enough. 

The region is way behind in precipitation, and California's governor already declared a drought weeks ago.  Oregon may follow suit if the conditions demand. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ski Season Woes

Mt. Shasta in summer. It is NOT supposed to look like this in winter.
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It's already February and some skiers still haven't been able to hit the slopes.

Winter storms have been rare visitors this winter, and winter recreation areas have little or no snow to work with.  Both Mt. Shasta Ski Park and Mt. Ashland Ski Area remain closed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 22, 2014 | 8:30
12:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

VENTSday: Legal Marijuana + Drought Strategies

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Is it time to talk seriously about legalizing marijuana in your state?

And what changes are you prepared to make if the regional drought should continue?  Let's get your thoughts...

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