- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Farmers who rely on water from the Owyhee Reservoir to irrigate their crops have received their full allotment for the first time in four years.

The Capital Press reports (https://is.gd/qNgJmM ) that Owyhee Irrigation District Manager Jay Chamberlin says the full allotment helped many growers get back to a normal crop rotation after years of dealing with a water shortage.

The Owyhee Reservoir provides irrigation water for 1,800 farms and 118,000 acres of ground in Eastern Oregon and part of southwestern Idaho. In 2014 and 2015 growers received only a third of their full 4 acre-foot allotment.

As a result of the shortage growers changed their usual habits, growing drought resistant crops like cereals more than once instead of switching to other crops that could protect soil health.


Information from: Capital Press, https://www.capitalpress.com/washington

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