Ag economy dries up – The Journal

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Alfalfa crops will be just a fraction of normal yields this year in Montezuma and Dolores Counties and Ute Mountain Ute reservation because of the lack of water from the drought. (Journal file)

Weak snowpack leaves McPhee Reservoir low for season

The grim reality of major irrigation shortages this year is setting in for area farmers, water managers and fish habitat.

Irrigators tied to McPhee Reservoir contracts will receive just 5%-10% of their normal supply, said Ken Curtis, general manager for the Dolores Water Conservancy District.

The shortages affect full-service users of DWCD in Montezuma and Dolores counties, the Ute Mountain Ute Farm and Ranch and the downstream fishery.

DWCD said no supplemental irrigation supplies will be available to the…

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