GUEST COLUMN: Use It Or Lose It? Water Markets, Leasing Offer New Ways To Increase Flows Without Losing Water Rights

Our rivers are a powerhouse for every living thing. But for how long? With high demand for water and most of Oregon experiencing drought amid a warming climate, the future of our rivers is threatened. This year, the Deschutes River experienced the lowest period of natural flow since irrigation districts began using Wickiup Reservoir to store water in 1949.

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