Friday, May 24, 2013

Mountain Express: Drought Declaration for Blaine County

Posted By on Fri, May 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

The Idaho Department of Water Resources has declared Blaine County to be in a drought emergency.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that as of early May, the snow-water equivalent was at 80 percent of normal in Big Wood Basin, and only 37 percent of normal in the Little Wood Basin.

The emergency declaration will allow irrigators to temporarily transfer water rights with each other. So far this season, Butte, Lincoln and Fremont counties have also been declared to be in drought emergencies.

The declaration is in effect through the end of 2013.

The Mountain Express reports that Blaine County has obtained a drought declaration in six of the past ten years.

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