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Governor declares drought emergency in eastern Montana
Bullock says farmers and ranchers are feeling the effects after a winter of below-average rain and snow.

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New Treasure Valley water group taking on raft of issues
New Treasure Valley water group taking on raft of issues
The Treasure Valley Water Users Association is involved in many effort5s, including one to obtain state funding to help farmers and ranchers in the area implement best management practices to improve water quality.
Land commissioner halts oil- and gas-related well easements
The Ogallala aquifer is a source of drinking water serving Hobbs and other cities in southeastern New Mexico.
Official says more Hanford nuke mishaps likely
The U.S. Energy Department's top official at Washington state's severely contaminated Hanford Nuclear Reservation says future accidental nuclear radiation releases are likely because of aging site's infrastructure and inadequate cleanup funding
Snowbound California roads still getting a major plow job
Crews have been digging, blowing and blasting for months — and the work is not finished.
Oregon water rights transaction fee hike gains traction
Oregon water rights transaction fee hike gains traction
A bill proposing to raise fees on many Oregon water rights transactions by nearly 16 percent has unanimously cleared the Subcommittee on Natural Resources of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means.
Senate presses McLerran on What’s Upstream
Senate presses McLerran on What’s Upstream
Dennis McLerran hearing
Idaho rivers declining, but flood concerns persist
Idaho rivers declining, but flood concerns persist
Water managers say river levels are still well above average.
Plenty of water projected for Washington streams
Plenty of water projected for Washington streams
Water will remain plentifuly through summer in Washington streams and reservoirs given the season’s last streamflow forecast by USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Growers still assessing orchard damage from floods, storms
Growers still assessing orchard damage from floods, storms
The damage to California’s permanent crops from last winter’s flooding and heavy storms is still being assessed as growers find out which trees’ roots were waterlogged, preventing them from drawing up water when they need it.
Drowning fears up in US West as rivers surge with snowmelt
Record snowfall on towering Western peaks this winter is now melting rapidly, contributing to at least 14 river deaths.

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