Even in times of drought, the amount of water flowing into the Crooked River from Prineville Reservoir typically hovers at or near 50 cubic feet per second. But this fall — after successive dry years and Crook County still in throes of severe drought — the flow is expected to drop to 10 cfs.

The lower flow out of Bowman Dam will occur after irrigation districts in Crook County run out of water this year, said Gregg Garnett, Bend field office manager for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

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Michael Kohn has been public lands and environment reporter with The Bulletin since 2019. He enjoys hiking in the hills and forests near Bend with his family and exploring the state of Oregon.

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Alfalfa is one thing, data centers most certainly, but also 20 gallons of water for one pint of beer. Pronghorn uses 500 gallons a day for each of their golf courses and one of them can only be used by a few of their exclusive members who only fly in once in a while. Internet, beer, and golf or food? Exciting future ahead of us!


In the Bulletin today it is Crooked River and in the NYT it is Lake Mead. The entire west is in a drought for who knows how long. Yet farmers produce mainly alfalfa with the water. Each reader can help by reducing or giving up beef which is alfalfa fed. Think about it.


Looking forward to Part 2: the data center elephant in the river

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