2021 Southern Cascade Regatta Cancellation
As of April 19, 2021, most of southern Oregon is in a severe to extreme drought condition with the water level at Howard Prairie at historic lows. The existing snowpack is receding quickly and the lack of spring rain offers no hope that the situation will change. Given that, the Rogue Yacht Club is forced to cancel the 2021 Southern Cascade Regatta. We can only hope for a change in the area's drought status, and above normal winter precipitation over the next several years.
Background - The primary purpose for Howard Prairie is to provide irrigation water to Rogue Valley agriculture, delivered through the Talent Irrigation District canal system. Reservoir drawdown over the last several years is the result of sustained drought, resulting in required water delivery demands exceeding the available water supply which is replenished through winter rains, and more substantially a healthy snowpack.