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Extreme Heat Reverses Benefits Of Oregon’s Above-Average Snowpack

OPB | Aug. 8, 2017 11:56 a.m. | Portland

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat.

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Wet April Helps Oregon Snow Stick Around Longer

AP | May 1, 2017 11 a.m. | Bend, Oregon

Heavy rainfall in April has helped boost Oregon's snowpack after several years of below-average levels.

Climate change | Environment | Forestry | News

What's Up With All The Dead Trees?

Jefferson Public Radio | Sept. 16, 2016 1:30 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Gaze across the mountains of the Northwest these days and you may notice an unusual number of dead trees scattered among the green ones. Research suggests the drought-related damage is being compounded by climate change.

local | NW Life | News | Think Out Loud

Ranked Choice Voting | Water Scarcity | Suicide Prevention

OPB | Sept. 1, 2016 noon

A new series in The Oregonian explores groundwater issues in eastern Oregon; a student wellness director from Blue Mountain Community College addresses the high rate of suicide in Kenya; and Benton County takes up the issue of ranked choice voting.

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Warm April Causes Rapid Melting Of Washington Snowpack

AP | May 10, 2016 9:23 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

High temperatures in April caused much of the Pacific Northwest's mountain snowpack to melt. Runoff was above normal because of the rapid snowmelt, but Washington's rivers and streams were able to contain it without flooding.

Climate change | Environment | World | News

Wildfires Like Alberta's Are Fueled By Climate Change

PRI's The World | May 8, 2016 1:45 p.m.

All 88,000 residents of the remote town of Fort McMurray have evacuated, many of them driving along a wall of fire to do so.

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Drought Looms As Oregon Snowpack Melts At Record Pace

Statesman Journal | May 7, 2016 1:19 p.m.

Snowpack is melting at rapid speed in Oregon’s mountains and forecasters are concerned about yet another drought hitting the state.

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Obama Seeks More Coordination On Dealing With Drought

AP | March 21, 2016 7:13 a.m. | Washington

President Barack Obama on Monday directed the federal government to come up with a less reactionary and more long-term strategy for dealing with drought.

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Despite Dry February, Eastern Oregon Snowpack Still Abundant

AP | March 7, 2016 10:21 a.m. | Baker City, Oregon

Farmers in northeastern Oregon say they'd still welcome a late winter blizzard to bolster the region's snowpack, but recent measurements show that the snowpack is already above average.

Water | Climate change | NW Life | Environment | local | History

Low Lake Level Reveals A Glimpse Of Old Detroit

Statesman Journal | Jan. 10, 2016 10:40 a.m.

Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Dave Zahn found remnants of Old Detroit while the lake was at low levels due to drought.

Water | Climate change | Environment

Northwest Drought Likely To Extend Into 2016

OPB/EarthFix | Sept. 24, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

With many streams and reservoirs still below normal across Oregon and Washington and a warm winter on tap, experts are predicting another year of drought for the region in 2016.

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67 Percent Of Oregon Now In Extreme Drought

Statesman Journal | Aug. 27, 2015 11:39 a.m.

Oregon’s drought has grown dramatically over the past week, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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Washington Cities Enact Voluntary Water Reductions

AP | Aug. 11, 2015 12:03 p.m.

Seattle, Tacoma and Everett have moved to the second stage of their water shortage plans by enacting voluntary water reductions.

Environment | World | Think Out Loud

Author Karen Piper Shines A Light On "The Price Of Thirst"

OPB | Aug. 11, 2015 12:06 p.m.

Who owns our water? Karen Piper spent seven years investigating the causes and implications of water privatization worldwide. 

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Drought Draws Natural Disaster Declaration From Feds

OPB | Aug. 7, 2015 4 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Drought across the region prompted the U.S. Department of Agriculture to designate counties in Idaho, Washington and Oregon as natural disaster areas.

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Distressed Trees Prompt Early Watering Reminder

OPB | July 24, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

With high temperatures around Oregon, the Oregon Department of Forestry reminds people to water their trees.

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Governor Declares Drought In 3 More Oregon Counties

AP | July 21, 2015 4:38 p.m. | GRANTS PASS, Ore.

With Tuesday's declaration, 23 out of 36 counties are under drought emergencies. The new ones are Curry, Hood River and Union counties.

Fish & Wildlife | Water | Environment

NW Fish Survival Tested By Warm Waters And Low Stream Flows

KUOW/EarthFix | July 21, 2015 11:48 a.m. | Port Angeles, Wash.

As river levels drop and water temperatures rise, Northwest states are limiting fishing in the hopes that will help more wild salmon and trout survive the summer drought.

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Drought Dings Winter Wheat Quality In Northwest

AP | July 20, 2015 9:36 a.m.

  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. harvest.

Communities | Water | Environment

Northwest Water Supplies Dropping Amid Drought Conditions

OPB/EarthFix | July 10, 2015 2 p.m. | Portland

The hottest June on record for Oregon and Washington came on the heels an unusually warm winter and spring. Now, Northwest rivers are running at or near all-time lows and cities with water reserves are drawing them down.