NEAR SHADY COVE, Ore. — The extreme heat and lack of rain is causing lower water levels along the Rogue River, and water managers are working to make sure there’s enough to help farmers, fish, and drinking water.
At Lost Creek Lake, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they are releasing 1,500 cubic feet of water per second into the Rogue. That’s down from 2,500 hundred cubic feet per second at this same time last year.
They say much of the water in the Rogue is coming from the reservoir, as opposed to from snowpack and rainfall into the Rogue or other rivers and tributaries.
“Last year we were just about average, so we’re just not seeing the runoff coming into the reservoir as we would normally see in an average year,” said Jim Buck with the Corps.
The low water levels are also posing a safety hazard in some places The Curry County Sheriff’s office said on July 12th, a man drowned downriver from the Blossom Bar along the Rogue. The sheriff said that rapid becomes more dangerous in low water.