Ask the Meteorologist: Water Colors

ASK THE METEOROLOGIST “Aren’t clouds supposed to be blue because they have lots of water in them?” Anshuman Singh, Bellview Elementary in Ashland Anshuman is referring to the ocean, and why the ocean, which is made up of water, is blue.  Well, clouds are made of water too, but they are white.  So what is … Continue reading »

Jackson County Talks Water Management

JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — Jackson County is looking to the state of Colorado as a model for a sustainable water project called the WISE project. Southern Oregon WISE stands for Water for Irrigation, Streams and Economy. Jackson County is currently working on finding funding to bring this project to Southern Oregon. The WISE Project in … Continue reading »

Montague Group Hands Out Water Kits

MONTAGUE, Calif. — Montague was extremely close to completely running out of water this year, but the residents banded together and saved 75% of the normal water usage. Residents didn’t water lawns or gardens, they reused sink and shower water for plants and some trucked in water.  Without the combined efforts of the residents, Montague would have … 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 »

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 »

Launch Fire Causes Campsite Evacuation

[UPDATE: 6:52p.m.] South Central Oregon Fire Management leaders said fire crews are being pulled off the fire lines because of lighting. They said as soon as the situation becomes safe again, the crews will move back in. Fire Management officials said they don’t expect it to grow too much more at this time. There is … Continue reading »

Ashland Safe Drinking Water Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — Ashland has received reports of an unnamed company trying to sell bottled water to local households in the city. The company is claims due to drought conditions this year, the water supply in Ashland is not suitable to drink. The company also claims the city’s water is coming from Emigrant Lake and … Continue reading »

Drought Sparks Water Sale Scam

ASHLAND, Ore. — The City of Ashland is warning residents of a water sale scam going around. According to the city’s press release, a company is trying to sell bottled water to local households claiming Ashland’s water is unsuitable for drinking. The city advises that this is not true. The city said, “Ashland’s water quality … Continue reading »

“Operation Dry Water” in Effect

WHITE CITY, Ore. — Sgt. Shawn Richards said his message for staying safe out on the water is simple. “All we ask is that whoever’s operating the boat, whether it be a raft or powerboat, be a sober driver,” said Sgt. Richards. He says 22 people were arrested for B.U.I.I.’s last year a number right … Continue reading »

In the Garden: DIY Water & Weed Project

If you’re a gardener, you’re used to DIY, or do it yourself, projects.  There’s one specific DIY project that can help you conserve water and fight weeds in your home garden. All you need to complete the project is PVC pipe, pipe cleaner, a soaker hose, weed cloth and mulch.  OSU Master Gardeners say the … Continue reading »

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