Rain Helps With Fires, But Not Drought

MEDFORD, Ore. — The rain across the Rogue Valley on Wednesday has been a help for firefighters, but experts warned that the area is still in drought conditions. Hydrologists said any amount of rain helps, but the drought conditions will persist until there is a more significant, sustained rainfall. They said the snowpack is generally … Continue reading »

Balancing Drought and Wildfire Risk

ASHLAND, Ore. — Homeowners will have to balance the risks of wildfire with the need to conserve water this summer, as the region goes through a drought. Local fire agencies said people can take steps to reduce water use and still prevent grass from drying out. Ashland Fire recommends homeowners water the areas within 10 … Continue reading »

New SOU Football Field Would Save Water

ASHLAND, Ore. — Southern Oregon University is installing a new artificial turf football field, which is expected to save more than one million gallons of water per year. Work began on the new field last Thursday, and the new turf is expected to be finished by September. “Things are starting to dry out, our climate … Continue reading »

Gov. Kitzhaber Declares Drought

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kitzhaber declared a drought emergency in Jackson County on Tuesday, according to a press release sent out by the Governor. Jackson County Commissioners requested the emergency declaration this spring, and the State Drought council considered the county’s request by weighing current water conditions, future climate forecasts, and agricultural impacts. “Historic drought … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Drought Conditions

Medford, Ore. — The drought is impacting a lot of gardens, but you can have a successful vegetable garden without extra help from the rain. OSU Master Gardener, Laurin Parker, says it’s important to use quality composted soil. ¬†She also suggests planting early in the season before it’s hot and dry. She also says you … Continue reading »

Basin Drought May Lead to Water Shut-Off

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — The state is preparing for the likelihood of shutting off irrigation water to many of the 200 farms and ranches in the upper Klamath Basin because of the drought conditions The Klamath Tribes have taken control of senior water rights in the region for the first time in a century. Representatives … Continue reading »