Area reservoirs, like the Owyhee (above), are running low, potentially creating serious challenges for Malheur County's agriculture industry next year. (The Enterprise/File).
VALE – Mother Nature’s water bank account is nearly overdrawn.
Reservoirs that furnish the muscle behind Malheur County’s multimillion-dollar agriculture industry are dangerously low. Unless Mother Nature delivers above-average snowfall, the farmers in the region could face severe water shortages in 2019.
“We’d hoped to have some fall rains to recharge after the summer and unfortunately we haven’t had any fall precipitation,” said Scott Oviatt, a hydrologist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
As of Nov. 15, four of the five local reservoirs were nearly empty.
The Bully Creek Reservoir was 3 percent full, Warm Springs was at 3 percent, Beulah, 11 percent and Owyhee . . .