Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

Heat Impacts Fruits and Vegetables

CENTRAL POINT, Ore. — The hot weather mixed with severe drought conditions is impacting fruits and vegetables in the Rogue Valley. With the hot sun beating down on crops across southern Oregon, one might think the crops would be dried up, but farmers said with the proper irrigation, some of their crops are even being … Continue reading »

California Okays Fines for Wasting Water

(CNN) — California is cracking down on water wasters during the severe drought. Lawmakers approved a new set of emergency rules Tuesday. Anyone repeatedly caught wasting water on landscaping, car washing, hosing down sidewalks could face fines of up to $500 a day. Local law enforcement will enforce the fines. Water used tied to public … Continue reading »

Governor Declares Drought Emergency

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – Governor Kitzhaber declared a drought emergency for Josephine County Monday. Kitzhaber made it official after the commissioner’s request last spring. The state council then weighed the request by considering current water conditions, future forecasts and agriculture impacts, and then made recommendations. This allows the state to prioritize use of water for human … Continue reading »

Drought Leaves Couple High and Dry

TULARE COUNTY, Calif. (CNN) — For nearly two months, an elderly couple in Tulare County, California has had no running water in their home. The couple’s family installed water tanks, which they fill several times a week, but it’s certainly not enough. This is now Carmen Almanza’s daily routine. “It gets dirty, but then it’s … Continue reading »

Drought Conditions Improve Across Oregon

LINCOLN, Neb. – The US Drought Monitor released the latest data on drought conditions across the nation Thursday morning which shows improving conditions across much of Oregon. According to the report, only 57 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, which is down from 77 percent just last week. The report also shows none of … Continue reading »

Rain Helping Farmers

HARRISBURG, Ore. — After a dry January, farmers are breathing a sigh of relief this week because they are finally getting the rain the soils need. Though some farm lands are seeing a bit of flooding, crop growers in the Willamette Valley are saying they are happy to see the rain. Detering Orchards, a farm … Continue reading »

Farmers Keeping Calm in Face of Drought

TALENT, Ore. — Drought-like conditions continue throughout the state of Oregon, and some farmers say they are starting to grow concerned, but they are not ready to declare a disaster quite yet. Only a little over half of an inch of rain has fallen in the Rogue Valley this year, but farmers are remaining optimistic. … Continue reading »

Three-Quarters Oregon in Severe Drought

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A new report indicates that almost 75 percent of Oregon is in severe drought, and scientists are worried about this winter’s trends. “Three of our wettest months are usually November, December, and January,” said Kathie Dello, the Deputy Director of Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University. “We’ve seen a dry November and … Continue reading »

Lakes Dry Up as Lack of Rain Continues

APPLEGATE, Ore. — It’s the driest year on record for most of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Lakes and rivers in the area are drying up, and there is no help in sight. The Applegate Reservoir is usually filled to the brim with water, but right now it’s nothing more than a muddy desert. “We’re … Continue reading »

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