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Outdoors blog drought archive

TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2016

The Coeur d'Alene River was fairly high but clear and fishable by the beginning of May 2016. (Rich Landers)

Western snowpack disappeared at record rate in April

RIVERS – The overall snowpack in the West dropped at record speed in April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reports. Runoff was above normal because of the rapid snowmelt, but Washington’s rivers and streams were able to contain it without flooding....

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MONDAY, NOV. 23, 2015

FRIDAY, AUG. 21, 2015


Hatchery fish are being released early in hopes they’ll survive. (Associated Press)

Hatchery salmon trucked to cooler water

FISHING — Federal officials say 160,000 juvenile salmon from a fish hatchery in central Oregon were transported by truck to a hatchery in Washington in an effort to save the fish from unusually high water temperatures. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Tuesday said...

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FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2015



MONDAY, JULY 13, 2015



Rain! Beautiful to behold, but drought persists 

FISHING -- I've written a ton recently about drought conditions, record-low stream flows, considerations for fishing in warm-water conditions and more. Today's rain is wonderful; just what we needed. Streams are cooler. Columbia River sockeye are seeing a thermal doorway opening for upstream passage into...

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FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2015

FRIDAY, JULY 3, 2015

Towell Falls on Rock Creek in the Escure Ranch south of Sprague, Wash., managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. (Mary Aegerter)

BLM closes seasonal vehicle access to Towell Falls

PUBLIC LANDS -- Hot, dry weather has forced land managers to impose restrictions on camping, burning and access throughout the Northwest, as we rounded up in a story in Thursday Outdoors. Since then, more restrictions have come up, including: Weyerhaeuser closing its timberlands in Western...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 30, 2015

An advertising campaign inspired by drought encourages California residents to landscape with native plants that need less water.  The ads also encourage people to take shorter showers and use brooms to sweep instead of hosing off driveways and sidewalks. (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission)

End of June drought report in a word: bleak 

CLIMATE CHANGE -- If we were smart here in the Inland Northwest, we'd let 2015 be our incentive to embrace water conservation. Fish and wildlife depend on water the flows on the surface as well as that precious ground water. All sources of water, from...

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SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 2015


St. Joe River Trail 48 occassional breaks into the open enabling hikers to get a good view of the river. (Rich Landers)

Region's rivers hit record low flows 

RIVERS -- Local staff at the National Weather Services has compiled sobering data from the USGS WaterWatch on the amount of water trickling out of our mountains and into our iconic creeks and rivers. Early melt off of our of below average snowpack in the...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 23, 2015

Minimal snow remains at 8,300 feet in the Sawtooth Wilderness in mid-June 2015. (Bob Drzymkowski)

Zero is the word for area's snowpack

RIVERS -- All mountain stations across Washington that measure snowpack are reporting the same number: zero. “That doesn’t mean there isn’t any snow at higher elevations. There are glaciers up there,” Jeff Marti of the state Department of Ecology tells the Seattle Times. “It does...

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The dismal snow pack in the Sierra visible southwest of Reno, Nev., on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015, had forecasters predicting a fourth consecutive year of drought and prompted Nevada Department of Wildlife officials to release thousands of hatchery trout into the Truckee River in Reno a month earlier than usual as highs approached 70 degrees.  (Associated Press)

Lowest snowpack on record in Cascades 

RIVERS -- Looking at Mount Spokane from town yesterday, I realized I've skinned up and skied to the top of the mountain and down in the past with more snow to work with on Memorial Day weekend. The snowpack situation is grim throughout the region,...

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