Oregon Basin Outlook Report

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) have published a document titled Oregon Basin Outlook Report for 2017.

SUMMARY

Storm systems during February pummeled the Pacific Northwest, dumping several new feet of snow in Oregon’s mountains. Rain on snow during multiple atmospheric river events caused rivers to rise rapidly in Western Oregon resulting in flooding and landslides in some areas.  These powerful storms brought record high February precipitation and more than double the normal snow accumulation at numerous measurement sites. Oregon snowpack conditions were essentially unfazed by rain on snow events, and remain above normal throughout the entire state as of the first of March. Streamflow forecasts mirror these conditions and continue to predict well above average spring and summer streamflows.

The long range climate outlook from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is expecting above normal precipitation for the next three months: http://www.cpc.noaa.gov. As storm systems show no signs of stopping anytime soon, confidence is increasing that Oregon is leaning towards an adequate water supply season. However, water users should be aware that temperatures later in the spring and weather patterns over the next few months will play a major role in shaping the final snowpack season and water supply picture.

Updated Start-up Dates

The upper main canal was flushed and charged last week.

Crews are working in Boardman today to prepare that section of the canal for water.  Right now it looks like water will go into Boardman tomorrow (Tuesday, 4/11).

Irrigon Pressure System target is Thursday, 4/13.

Main Canal pump stations will follow that.

Please call the office with any questions or comments.  541-922-3814.

Updated Start-Up Dates

Crews are flushing the upper main canal today.  Expect the water level to drop when they put in the checkboards, and reliable water on Wednesday (4/5).

Taking water to Boardman will be either Friday (4/7) or Monday (4/10).   This will be dependent on how start-up on the upper canal goes and what the weather is like.

Irrigon Pressure System new target is Wednesday, April 12.