Eastern Oregon is already experiencing above-average snowpack levels for this time of year, reports the Capital Press: link.
This follows above-average snowpack and precipitation reports from the 2016-2017 water year, and looks to be good news for Oregon water users as we continue to climb out of the recent drought. (You may remember seeing the Owyhee Reservoir draining water through the “Ring Gate” or “Glory Hole” in 2017 for the first time since 2011; see the video here.) See also, Natural Resources Conservation Service Oregon Basin Outlook Report (June 1, 2017): link.
The good start to the 2017-2018 water year, combined with carryover storage in some Eastern Oregon storage reservoirs, could even result in water releases for flood control in early 2018, according to the Capital Press.
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