Malheur County mountains holding low snowpacks

There will be enough water for local farmers and ranchers this year but low snowpack levels mean there could be a shortage in 2019. (The Enterprise/John L. Braese).

VALE – Water powers the region’s biggest economic engine and there should be enough of the wet stuff to go around this year for local farmers and ranchers.

Next year, though, may be different.

Last week all of the area reservoirs showed ample water supply just as the spring planting season kicks into high gear.

That’s the good news.

“Because of our storage and carryover and inflow we got this year, we will be all right,” said Ron Jacobs, state watermaster for Malheur County.

The bad news is that the region’s snowpack levels remain perilously low, potentially setting the stage for a . . .