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Water woes

August 14, 2013
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West Side farmers are having a tough water year 

 

By RODNEY D. BOAM 

Citizen editor

The hot dry summer is taking its toll on crops of farmers on the west side of the Bear River. Driving along the roads and highways and watching sprinklers spraying water on lush green pastures is giving a false impression that all is well for farmers over there.

PRESTON WASTE WATER OPERATOR

Twin Lakes, Condie and Winder reservoirs are the marvel of the first part of the twentieth century, by bringing water from Mink Creek on the east side through siphons to the fertile soils of Dayton, Clifton and beyond.

By the middle of August this year the 67 miles of open canals are running at about 40 to 50 percent capacity. The 210 stockholders of Twin Lakes Canal Company listened to forecasters and planted fewer crops that required a lot of water and more drought tolerant crops like wheat, safflower and barley.

Steve Buttars, a Weston-area farmer, harvests grain recently. A field of safflower is in the foreground.

Steve Buttars, a Weston-area farmer, harvests grain recently. A field of safflower is in the foreground.

The cold winter kept the pipes and water frozen and the poor snowpack made it difficult to fill the three reservoirs the canal company built to hold their shareholders’ water.

“We started with zilch and the stream flows were down so low we couldn’t fill our reservoirs,” Clair Bosen said. “If we were using water that we would normally have, we would be out.”

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