A man walks along the shoreline of Wickiup Reservoir with his dog in May 2021.

Oregon’s future depends on a system of water management built for the past.

Water rights are not based on need or how efficiently water is used. The state arguably does not have enough data about how much water it has and how it is used. Regulations can get in the way of moving water to where it is needed. In the Deschutes Basin, the projections are that — without changes — water supply will continue to not meet demand.

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Rather alarming how out of touch Kotek is with her answers but then she was responsible for many of Oregon’s problems.

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