Fish on the Run, Irrigation Done!
Whether you use a hose or have an underground watering system to water your yard and garden, we are asking our water customers to help us keep water in the Clackamas River by reducing or shutting-off outdoor watering for the fall fish runs!
Currently we are experiencing a significantly dry summer and our area is classified as being in severe drought conditions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The current conditions highlight the need for increased efficiency in water use, which lowers consumption and conserves our available water resources the Clackamas River.
In addition to providing drinking water to over 300,000 people the river is home to migrating salmon and steelhead virtually year-round. Most of the year there is plenty of water in the river however, due to the lack of rain to replenish the river and higher temperatures this spring and summer, we anticipate this year the river flows may become extremely low in late summer and early fall.
During the summer months our water use doubles or even triples, this is due mostly to outdoor watering. With low river levels this year, saving water is even more important starting in late August as Fall Chinook and Coho Salmon begin returning to the Clackamas River on the way to their spawning grounds. The chart below from PGE shows typical migration patterns and the months when runs peak.
To help encourage our customers to do their best in conserving their drinking water at this time we have developed a water conservation meter which will be evaluated weekly and notifies us the severity of the river conditions and how much we should be conserving. For specific conservation information, tips, and actions when the meter is at stage yellow or red, please see the Resources below.
GREEN CONSERVATION ACTIONS
YELLOW CONSERVATION ACTIONS
RED CONSERVATION ACTIONS
To see the current water meter level, go to the Home Page. Click Here
Check out the resources below to ﬁnd out what kind of changes you can make to your outdoor watering to ensure that you are using our drinking water in the most efﬁcient ways possible. The more water we can keep in the river the easier this journey will be for these threatened and endangered salmon species.
Resources to Help You Use Less Water
Do Your Part to Keep Water in the Clackamas River.