Drought Threatens Winter Wheat

By Jim McCoy Mon 20th July Newsdroughtwinter wheat

Intense drought conditions have shrunk the kernels and disrupted the proteins of winter wheat crops in Montana, Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the region that produces a fifth of the U.S.Read More »

Oregon Drought Adversely Affecting Salmon

By Jim McCoy Thu 16th July Newsdroughtsalmon

The drought and low mountain snowpack continue to take a toll on salmon in Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Wednesday biologists counted 109 dead chinook salmon in the John Day River east of the eastern Oregon town of John Day.

Biologist Brent Smith attributes the deaths to water temperatures in the mid-70s, which are considered lethal for saRead More »

19 Oregon Counties Have Declared Drought Emergencies

By Jim McCoy Fri 12th June Newsdrought

Drought emergencies have now been declared in more than half of Oregon's 36 counties.

Gov. Kate Brown on Friday confirmed emergencies in Coos, Douglas, Gilliam and Jefferson counties.Read More »

Gov. Kate Brown Declares Drought For 8 Oregon Counties

By Jim McCoy Fri 22nd May Newsdrought

Governor Kate Brown today declared drought emergencies in eight additional Oregon counties due to drought, low snow pack levels, and low water conditions. With these eight new counties, Oregon has almost doubled the number of drought declarations made in 2014.Read More »

Another Drought Declared In Klamath County

By Jim McCoy Thu 19th March NewsdroughtKlamath County

Klamath County has declared a drought for the fourth straight year.

The Herald and News newspaper (http://bit.ly/1GYSSYj ) reports county commissioners on Tuesday declared this year's drought qualifies as extreme, compared to just severe last year.

That means another tough water year for farmers, fish and wildlife in the Klamath Basin.

Commissioner Read More »

Regional Experts Meet To Discuss Drought

By Jim McCoy Wed 28th January Newsdrought
Experts from across the West are gathering in New Mexico to discuss the effects of drought on recreation and tourism. The Western Governors' Association is putting on the two-day forum. Experts from New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Oregon will be part of the discussion. Gov.Read More »

Western Governors Discuss Drought

By Jim McCoy Mon 8th December NewsdroughtWestern Goernro's Association
Water experts from 11 Western states, several hydrology engineers and federal officials are talking about drought during a two-day workshop in Las Vegas organized by the Western Governors' Association. The meetings Monday and Tuesday are being hosted by Nevada Gov.Read More »

Jackson County Commissioners Declare Drought

Jackson County commissioners declared a local drought disaster Wednesday and will ask the state to help industries feeling the effects of a dry winter. Recent U.S. Department of Agriculture reports show the snowpack in the Rogue Basin is 31 percent of average. The Mail Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1d3rLBt ) the Mt.Read More »

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares Drought In Four SE Oregon Counties

By Jim McCoy Fri 14th February NewsdroughtGov. John Kitzhaber
Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared a drought in four counties in the high desert of southeastern Oregon and says more are likely to follow. The governor said Friday from Salem the drought declaration applies to Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur counties.Read More »


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