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A swath of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas has been in a drought or near-drought condition for six months.

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Western Innovator: Building a better canal system
Western Innovator: Building a better canal system
A hydrologist is developing a predictive model for the Aberdeen-Springfield Canal Co.’s system to improve its efficiency.
Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts
Researchers discuss cloud seeding efforts
Cloud seeding and its potential to increase snowpack levels were a main topic of discussion during a joint meeting of the Western Snow Conference and Weather Modification Association.
Hawaii officials say water will be returned to Waimea River
Water diversions started in the early 1900s with the establishment of the Kekaha Sugar Plantation’s ditch systems.
IGWA districts exceed 2016 settlement reductions
IGWA districts exceed 2016 settlement reductions
Idaho groundwater districts participating in water call settlement with the Surface Water Coalition have exceeded their goal of conserving 240,000 acre-feet of water in 2016.
Research: Farmers benefit as a group from drought
Research: Farmers benefit as a group from drought
Research by a University of Idaho ag economist shows that droughts are good for farmers as a group because they cause production to decrease and prices to increase.
Tribes’ water call concerns Upper Klamath Basin farmers, ranchers
Rancher Becky Hyde says the call is potentially devastating for irrigators.
Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis
Dam managers made missteps in handling crisis
An Associated Press examination of state and federal documents, emails obtained under public records requests and numerous interviews reveal a sequence of questionable decisions and missteps
Many areas struggling to set up groundwater agencies as deadline looms
Many areas struggling to set up groundwater agencies as deadline looms
As a July 1 deadline approaches, many local governments in California’s groundwater basins are struggling to agree on viable local entities to enforce the state’s new pumping regulations.
Continuing storms led to increase in SWP allocations, official says
Continuing storms led to increase in SWP allocations, official says
California announced an increase in State Water Project deliveries one day after the state’s top water official said it could be May or June before a new allocation is made.
NRCS offers flood-irrigation retention program
NRCS offers flood-irrigation retention program
The Idaho office of USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is taking applications for a program aimed at helping farmers improve and retain their flood-irrigation programs.

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