Droughts portend conflict

Northwest droughts could increase conflicts between farmers, conservationists and cities.

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Decreasing rain and snowfall across the Northwest could intensify conflicts over water use.

…Farmers, conservationists and city water managers would face severe challenges trying to balance human needs with the survival requirements of endangered salmon that need cold, clean, rushing water.

Researchers with the U.S. Forest Service looked for changes in the amount of water flowing out of mountain basins since 1948 at 43 rivers and streams across Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com.

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