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Shocking Climate Changes in Oregon: Drought Report

But it is not only one state that experiences severe economic impacts on agriculture and natural resources, california has been getting the tons of attention for the historic drought. The drought is officially declared in the state of Oregon.

Oregon's snowpack in the winter of 2015 peaked at the lowest levels ranked in the last 35 years, the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service), according to the final Water Supply Review for 2015. Numerous snow monitoring sites set records for the lowest peak snowpack and earliest melt-out date since measurements began. The current statewide average precipitation is 88%. Streamflow is presumed to be well below normal through the end of summer, especially in the driest regions of the state.

Most of Oregon is included in the severe to extreme drought group, according to the National Drought Monitor. Water shortages across Oregon are expected  and, governor Kate Brown declared a drought state of emergency in 15 counties, in 2015, as a result. The snowpack topped 60-90% below the normal amounts, in western Oregon. The snowpack in the Eastern Oregon was insignificantly better, peaking 30-80% below average levels and up to 2 months earlier than every day. The snow melted three months earlier. Lack of normal snowpack has led to lowest streamflow for the state.

But water costs are rising across the country. $1240 and, for each excess unit after four used. in 2014-2015. Per unit, $652. for all wastewater units. Water in Oregon is cheaper than in California where in 2015, the single-family household is charged $486. Other lawn diseases and, water Resources Department suggests to water before 10 am in the morning to forbid water evaporation, fungus. per unit compared to $3682. But as drought spreads, residents to conserve water and water agencies will increase prices to encourage businesses. In the city of Portland, the rate in 2015-2016 is $3940, oregon. There is no tiered pricing for Oregon water users yet. Limited water supplies means the necessity to cut down water used for landscape irrigation, for homeowners in the state of Oregon.

  Lynn County requested drought declaration on August 19, 2015 . Crook, curry, harney,  Klamath, sherman, deschutes, josephineJackson, the official drought is in place for 2015 in the following counties: Baker, lane, lake, malheur, grant, jefferson, union, wheeler and Wasco, umatilla, gilliam, coos, hood River, douglas, morrow.

August 21, 2015   |   Water Conservation, Water Conservation, Water Shortage, Water Shortage, Water Facts, Water Facts, Drought, Water Scarcity, Water Scarcity, Drought

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