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Snowstorms boost anemic snowpack in Oregon in just 2 weeks

Posted: January 16, 2020 3:39 AM YakTriNews.com by Associated Press, KAPP/KVEW Staff

 

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Widespread snowstorms have boosted Oregon’s previously anemic snow pack to almost normal levels statewide in just two weeks.

The biggest improvements in what is called “snow-water equivalent” are in the Hood, Sandy and Lower Deschutes basins.

Those areas were at 26% of normal on Dec. 30 and are now at 90% of normal.

Last year saw something similar unfold in Oregon.

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A Dry Oregon Winter Leads to Below Normal Snowpack Levels and Drought-Range Condition

Elise Heron, Willamette Week

January 9, 2020

It’s been an abnormally dry winter in Oregon, and snowpack levels are well below normal.

According to the January water supply report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, a warm, dry first three months of the 2019-20 water year (October-January) have left the state in drought-range conditions.

“November, usually one the wettest months of the year, was exceptionally dry,” the report read, “setting many records for […]

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Oregon coast braces for massive king tides this weekend; researchers warn this is the future

By The Oregonian January 9, 2020

Massive tides, dragged up the shore by the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon, will wash up on the Oregon coast this weekend, giving researchers a glimpse of what threats climate change might pose to coastal communities.

The high tides forecast for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, informally known as king tides, occur a few times a year when […]

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Water Crisis Puts Oregon Community At A Crossroads

NPR

January 1, 20205:00 AM ET

In a desert far from any city, farmers use groundwater to grow lush green hay. The hay fattens livestock all over the world. But there’s a big problem: The water is drying up. Now scientists warn it will take thousands of years for an aquifer in southeastern Oregon to recover, while residents there are already hurting.

At Marjorie and John Thelen’s house, the well ran dry in 2015.

“We’re not […]

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Court orders EPA to write temperature control plans for Columbia, Snake

By GEORGE PLAVEN Capital Press Dec 27, 2019

A federal appeals court has ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to finalize a long-overdue plan to lower water temperatures for endangered fish in the Columbia and Snake rivers.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is likely to intensify the ongoing debate over breaching four Lower Snake River dams in Eastern Washington to increase salmon and steelhead runs.

Environmental and commercial fishing groups sued the EPA […]

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Oregon, California fishery rebounds in conservation ‘home run’

Friday, December 27, 2019 6:58am

By Gillian Flaccus

The Associated Press

WARRENTON, Ore. — A rare environmental success story is unfolding in waters off Oregon and California.

After years of fear and uncertainty, bottom trawler fishermen — those who use nets to scoop up rockfish, bocaccio, sole, Pacific Ocean perch and other deep-dwelling fish — are making a comeback in Oregon and California, reinventing themselves as a sustainable industry less than two decades after authorities closed huge […]

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Oregon Coastal Towns Confront A Fate Tied To Antarctica’s Melting Glaciers

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OPB Dec. 23, 2019

For marina owner Jim Nielson, occasional floods are the price you pay for shorefront property on the Oregon Coast.

His shop, the Wheeler Marina, sits in an estuary where the Nehalem River opens into the eponymous bay. It’s sheltered from Pacific waves by a narrow spit of sand dunes. Stacks of colorful kayaks border the dirt parking lot. An aging black lab greets visitors’ pets before […]

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Senator Wyden is giving us a voice, a direct vote, in the future of Oregon’s rivers.

 

David Moryc | December 19, 2019

Oregon’s Senior U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has issued an unprecedented public callto action to protect more of the best rivers across the state as Wild and Scenic. He has initiated an open public process for Oregonians to nominate rivers that we would like to see him protect that are outstanding for their recreation, fish and wildlife habitat, or because they provide clean water. From now until January 20th, 2020 he […]

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100 years of tiny seashells reveal alarming trend threatening West Coast seafood

The Sacramento Bee

December 16, 2019

Roughly 100 years worth of tiny shells resting on the Southern California seafloor have revealed an alarming trend that could spell trouble for the West Coast seafood industry, a new study says.

The research, published Monday in the journal Nature Geoscience, suggests that the Pacific Ocean along California is acidifying twice as fast as the global average, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]

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Dry conditions fuel salmon die-off on Oregon coast

The Seattle Times

Dec. 15, 2019

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Fishing for fall chinook is now banned in multiple rivers on Oregon’s north coast because extremely dry conditions have fueled a widespread die-off of the species.

After two months of low rainfall, hundreds of adult fish on multiple coastal streams are dying from an unusual outbreak of a naturally occurring parasite before they get a chance to spawn, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting.

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