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Wet weather necessary for valley farmers this coming summer | Preston Citizen

Wet weather necessary for valley farmers this coming summer

January 18, 2013
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By ROBERT S. MERRILL

Assistant editor

It’s too early yet to hit the panic button about lack of significant snowfall and moisture in the northern end of Cache Valley.

But officials say unless wet conditions materialize in coming weeks, there is a mounting cause for concern.

Lauritz Smith, water master for Twin Lakes Canal Company, said despite the dry and warm fall irrigation reservoirs that hold water for farmers are in fair shape. Twin Lakes is 32 percent full and water was pulled out of the canals two weeks ago when cold temperatures hit.

Condie is 76 percent full and Winder stands at 80 percent, said Smith.

“We are holding about 7,800 acre feet in these impoundments and still have a ways to go this coming spring when the weather warms,” he said.

“If we don’t get some significant moisture in the mountains and valley in coming weeks and this spring, it will be a matter of serious concern.

“The reservoirs only hold about 50 percent of the water our irrigators need each growing season and we had an extremely dry fall.”

This story is sponsored by Valley Wide Cooperative.

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