H2Oregon: April 2018

Apr 13, 2018

H2Oregon: April 2018
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April 2018


Oregon Water News

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that all basins are still behind on snowpack. Steam flows are not looking good moving into the summer months. 

Snow and cooler weather in March was not enough to bring snowpack levels up to normal, Oviatt said. Mountain snowpack peaked well below normal this winter at most locations in Oregon.
Mann Lake is a shallow playa that is about 80 miles south of Burns and is home to a unique species of Lahontan cutthroat trout. The species was eradicated from the area at least twice before and reintroduced in 2011. 

"A combination of drought and low mountain snowpack have seen water levels at Mann Lake drop by as much as half, and ODFW is not certain it will be able to restock cutthroats again this spring given the conditions."

"Without enough water in the lake, there is not enough total dissolved oxygen for the fish to survive, said Dave Banks, district fish biologist for ODFW."
Farmers and ranchers from Klamath Basin are attending a court hearing in San Francisco that may determine when they can start watering crops for the season. The court case is one in an ongoing dispute between water rights and endangered fish. 

"Water users are especially nervous now heading into summer, as Oregon Gov. Kate Brown already declared a drought emergency in Klamath County on March 13. Snowpack is just 51 percent of normal across the basin, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service predicts stream flows between April and September may range anywhere from just 24 to 58 percent of average."

University News

Professor Dave Hill and Phd student Ryan Crumley are featured in this video on snowpack and citizen science. 

"Our mountain snowpack is critical to life in the lowlands. A low snowpack can lead to water restrictions. A heavy snowpack increases the threat of flooding. Snow totals are important. But it's difficult to get an accurate measurement over vast terrain. So scientists are turning to the public for help. Backcountry skiers can become citizen scientists, using their probes to measure snow depth. Accurate data adds up to better science. Brian Callanan heads up to the mountains for a closer look." 

"Oregon State University (OSU) has launched a new initiative to improve wastewater treatment methods after its College of Engineering was awarded $3.28 million. The initiative will attempt to develop new methods that cut costs and preserve energy."

"Specifically, the research executed by those involved with the initiative will include both chemical and biological decontamination processes for wastewater and storm water. This will be spearheaded by Tyler Radniecki, assistant professor of environmental engineering."

Job Opportunities

Dr. Michael Campana, a hydrologist at Oregon State, manages a comprehensive water job database on his WaterWired blog. It is updated weekly. See the most recent job postings here

Edited by Ashley Renee Paradis, Institute for Water and Watersheds, Oregon State University

Copyright 2018 Institute for Water and Watersheds - Oregon State University, All rights reserved.
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