Despite winter storms western Oregon still faces water woes

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Winter storms in the Pacific Northwest over the past week have helped boost mountain snow levels but the mountains that help supply the western part of Oregon with water still have far less snowpack than normal.

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports that the Natural Resources Conservation Service data show that the Hood, Sandy and Lower Deschutes watersheds are at 57 percent of normal, the lowest in the state.

The Willamette, Rogue and Umpqua, Upper Deschutes and Crooked and Klamath River watersheds are still below normal as well — ranging from 66 to 81 percent — even though recent storms have significantly benefited these regions.

The eastern part of Oregon is in a much better situation. Most watersheds have above-average snow in the mountains.