Wednesday, November 2, 2005
June 25, 2005
Summer is officially and thoroughly here. The weather has been beautiful of late, but low snowpack means one thing: drought.
Our dry times are here, as Janet Cook reports on News Headlines, "Can a wet spring offset a dry winter and help Hood River County avoid DROUGHT?."
Summer lawns may have to go without water. Low elevation snowpack “is pretty much gone,” OSU Extension horticulturist Steve Castagnoli is quoted as saying. In short, the snowpack is at a fraction of normal — just 33 percent at the 5,400-foot level on Mount Hood.
Thirty-three percent is a good batting average, a barely acceptable voter turnout, but a troubling level for snowpack. We know we have a problem when drought brings on water cutbacks for farmers, or even when word of possible cutbacks is issued by water service authorities such as Farmer’s Irrigation District. But that is where things stand.
Yet it comes as no real surprise. In April, this newspaper published a report by an Oregon State University climatologist who predicted a difficult drought year.
“We project that the drought severity the northwestern states are now experiencing will only get worse in coming months, and reach levels that were generally seen during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s,” said Ronald Neilson, a bioclimatologist with the U.S. Forest Service and professor of botany at OSU.
Invoking the Dust Bowl may seem like a case of hydrological hyperbole, but it does not overstate the need for care and conservation in home watering. It’s time to accept that civic duty.
It’s not easy being green — and not always possible.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge