BAKER CITY, Ore. — After four years of drought, Phillips Reservoir in Baker County is at its lowest level in 15 years.
The Baker City Herald reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/2dHog65) the reservoir has only been lower than its current level at this time of year twice, in 2001 and in 1988.
Jeff Colton, manager of the Baker Valley Irrigation District, says water from the reservoir irrigates more than 30,000 acres of crops, mainly in Baker Valley.
The low water levels have been hard on farmers.
The reservoir about 17 miles southwest of Baker City now holds about 2,780 acre-feet of water.
That’s about 4 percent of its total capacity of 73,500 acre-feet.
The newspaper reports this is the fourth straight year that the reservoir’s level has receded substantially in the fall.