This water year, the normally drier months of October, February, March, and April were wetter than normal—much wetter—across the entire Pacific Northwest. Idaho just recorded its wettest April in history.
When floods arrive, hydrologists scramble. They run computer models to evaluate the need for evacuation. They gather data to understand impacts on fish, soils and water quality. Now, Oregon State researchers will have access to two new labs that enable them to test theories before the downpour.
Working with OSU Professor Aaron Wolf, an international expert on water conflict resolution, Jennifer Veilleux was investigating the human dimensions of the dam’s development and, more broadly, the complex intertwining among peoples and waters the world over.
Oregon may have a reputation for an abundance of rain, but even in the lush Willamette Valley, water shortages are a growing concern.
Oregon is warming, and snow is waning. The clear, clean water that supplies many of Oregon’s cities and farms originates high in the Cascades. Stored on snowy peaks, the water feeds rivers and aquifers that supply some of the state’s most populous regions.
When you play fetch with a killer whale, it makes an impression. When you play fetch with a killer whale and you’re only 7 years old, it can change your life. For Renee Albertson, the change was a long time in the making.