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EDITORIAL: Low water levels in Malheur County a signal to pay attention to climate issues

Area reservoirs, like the Owyhee (above), are running low, potentially creating serious challenges for Malheur County's agriculture industry in the coming years. (The Enterprise/File)

Low water levels in Malheur County reservoirs could be marked with a big red sign: WARNING. There is danger to the agricultural economy in this status, but there also is good reason to worry this will be happening more often. A federal report recently released dealing with climate change carries potent messages for our community.

The climate change report is not exactly bedtime reading, going on for hundreds and hundreds of pages. The report, the product of work by several federal agencies, is detailed and provides an exhaustive list of sources. An entire segment – Chapter 24 – addresses the climate future in the Northwest. It’s a scary tale.

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