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The U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station will assess local climate risks like drought and wildfire and come up with plans to deal with them.

 

The past three years have brought some of the most severe weather and fires our nation has seen.

 

Bill Hohenstein is the Director of Climate Change at the USDA.

 

He says water shortage will be an important focus.

 

"Looking at long term water availability, one of the concerns for the Pacfic Northwest is we're seeing more precipitation in the form of rain rather than snow pack.  And as a region that  relies on snowpack that is threatened by climate change.  And farmers needs to find better ways to manage and store water different from snowpack."

 

The USDA selected seven cliamte hubs around the country.  The other hubs are located in Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and New Mexico.

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  • Click on the link for the latest conditions on the mountain passes.

 

  • I-84,Troutdale MP 17 - 62, in the Coumbia Gorge remains closed. The highway is closed EB at Exit 17 in Troutdale. Trucks use US-26 to OR-35 as an alternate route.

 

  • Construction at 27th Street . Northbound Lane Closed from Ferguson to Bear Creek.  Detour in place.

 

  • 27th and Bear Creek Rd intersection varying traffic control changes

 

  • O.B. Riley Road South-bound lane closed south of Mervin Samples Rd (12/17)