Water

Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hard Times: Oregon's Disappearing Lake Abert

Lake Abert in 2010.
Credit Ron Larson

Joseph Eilers and Ron Larson warn Lake Abert could dry up this summer.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Stream Bacteria Levels Rise To Unhealthy

Bear Creek and the I-5 viaduct in Medford.
Credit Wikimedia

Greg Stabach describes the water quality issues in Bear Creek and some neighboring streams.

And now, another effect of the drought: higher bacteria levels in streams. 

It figures... less water means less dilution of naturally-occurring bacteria, and warmer water promotes the growth of bacteria. 

But several streams around the region are showing unsafe levels of bacteria. 

Those include a handful of Rogue Valley streams. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Water Wise Lawns (With $ Attached)

It takes a lot of water to keep a lawn this green.
Credit Wikimedia

Julie Smitherman details the Lawn Replacement Program in Ashland.

It has become nearly impossible to move around the city of Ashland without seeing signs urging people to "Be Water Wise." 

Assuming no midsummer rainstorms ending the drought, water restrictions will ratchet down water use in the weeks ahead. 

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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.
Credit California Department of Water Resources

Frank Gehrke talks snow surveys, what they show this year, and what that means for California water.

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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Cities Begin Conservation Measures
6:44 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Driest California Year On Record Imminent

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.

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.

Drought Stricken Region May Get Relief
6:46 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Klamath Water Deal Made

Upper Klamath Lake.
Credit downtowngal/Wikimedia

Ranchers and the Klamath Tribes have reached a tentative deal for sharing water in the drought-stricken Upper Klamath Basin.

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.

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Water Issues Create Controversy
6:13 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Two Klamath Basin Counties Plan New Talks

Copco One Dam on the Klamath River.
Credit Amelia Templeton/EarthFix

Leaders in two Klamath Basin counties who oppose taking down dams as part of a regional settlement of water issues say they're planning an alternative to talks aimed at salvaging the agreements.

The Klamath Falls Herald and News reports that commissioners in Oregon's Klamath County and supervisors in California's Siskiyou County met on Monday.

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