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KSJD Local Newscast - Jan. 9, 2020

Jan 9, 2020


In a desert far from any city, farmers use groundwater to grow lush green hay. The hay fattens livestock all over the world. But there's a big problem: The water is drying up. Now scientists warn it will take thousands of years for an aquifer in southeastern Oregon to recover, while residents there are already hurting.

At Marjorie and John Thelen's house, the well ran dry in 2015.

"We're not ranchers. We're not growing hay. We're just retired in the country," said 72-year-old Marjorie Thelen, who moved to Oregon with her husband, John, 12 years ago.

KSJD Local Newscast - Dec. 19, 2019

Dec 19, 2019


Groundwater pumping is causing rivers and small streams throughout the country to decline, according to a new study from researchers at the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Arizona.

Drought Monitor Announces Colorado as Drought-Free

May 23, 2019
U.S. Drought Monitor

Colorado was recognized drought-free Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor. It’s the first time since the monitor began recording data 19 years ago.

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