Farmers face water shortage
This season has been difficult for Eastern Idaho's farmers, and it doesn't appear to be getting any better.
There's growing concern that some canals will be cut off soon. A combination of low rainfall, low snowpack, and hot-and-dry conditions has irrigators using too much stored water from reservoirs. Lyle Swank, watermaster of the Upper Snake River Water District, said this year's conditions are the worst he's seen in 11 years.
"Some of the canals are running out of water," said Swank. "When you have only x amount of storage and your storage didn't fill or has been depleted, then you're off."
Right now, the Palisades Reservoir is at 33 percent. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is warning irrigators that providing the full-required supply of water this season could eventually leave the American Falls and Palisades reservoirs at 5 percent capacity.
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