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Normal Water Levels In Owyhee For 1st Time In 4 Years

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Farms that rely on water from the Owyhee Reservoir will be getting a larger allotment this year.

The Capital Press reports that the Owyhee Irrigation District board of directors has set the 2016 allotment at 3 acre-feet for now, and the amount is expected to increase as water from the snowpack flows into the reservoir.

Even if stays at 3 acre-feet, that’s a big increase over the past two years. Because of drought, irrigators only got 1.7 acre-feet last year and 1.6 acre-feet in 2014.

The reservoir provides irrigation water for 1,800 farms and 118,000 acres in Malheur County in Eastern Oregon and around Homedale and Marsing in southwestern Idaho.


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