Rain Starting to Fizzle Out

WEATHER DISCUSSION We have finally seen the heaviest of rain that will fall with this system. The last 48 hours proved to bring more rain than expected to our region, allowing for a little relief from the extremely dry conditions we’ve seen for a while. Early estimates with this storm were showing less than an … Continue reading »

It’s Raining! It’s Pouring!

MEDFORD, Ore. — Most of southern Oregon is still in either in a severe or extreme drought, and to change that, a series of rain events need to occur. In this situation, snow pack remains exceptionally important, and we’re going to have to have a very wet winter to even think about getting out of … Continue reading »

Ashland TAP Line Testing Underway

ASHLAND, Ore. — Just six months after the project was approved to move forward, the TAP pipeline has been put into place. “If everything goes well in the current test, we’ll probably keep it running through the end of next week, potentially longer if it’s deemed necessary we need the water. If we have an issue … Continue reading »

California to Regulate Groundwater

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Lawmakers in California continue to push legislation to regulate groundwater in the state. Right now, California is one of the last states in the west that lets residents pump as much water as they want. Yesterday the state senate passed a bill that would require some local governments to start managing wells. … Continue reading »

July Complex Uses Out Of State Resources

NEAR SAWYERS BAR, Calif. — While most of the crews brought in to work on the July Complex are from California agencies, some personnel are being brought in from out of state. Brian Leitinger was brought in from Minnesota, and has been working on the fire for more than two weeks. He said he will … Continue reading »

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 »

Residents Take Action During Drought

ASHLAND, Ore. — Earlier this summer, Ashland city officials were cautious to see if water curtailment would be needed for the first time since 2009. So far, it is not needed, thanks in large part to voluntary efforts of water conservation by Ashland residents. Six and a half million gallons of water are used in … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Watering Priorities

Medford, Ore. — In the middle of a drought, it’s more important than ever to know where your water is going and use what water we do have wisely. OSU Master Gardeners said you should make a priority list.  They say established trees and shrubs need to be saved first because it’s more costly to … Continue reading »

Little Rain in the Forecast

WEATHER DISCUSSION Afternoon highs climbed back up to the triple digits today, making this now the ninth day in July that temperatures have hit 100 degrees.  Just a little bit of math…that’s over half of the days in July so far.  Fortunately, we are still expecting some relief by next week,  but the system moving … 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 »

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