Monday, July 28, 2014

Magic Reservoir Approaches Bottom, Irrigation Season Ends in Blaine County

Posted By on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has issued a salvage order, allowing fish to be harvested from the Big Wood River and Richfield Canal in the Wood River Valley. Quite simply, the fish will soon die now that the Magic Reservoir in southern Blaine County has dropped to below 3 percent of capacity. As a result, the irrigation season has come to a halt and water flows have been shut off below the Magic Dam to the Big Wood River and the Richfield Canal.

The Idaho Mountain Express reports the Hemingway Chapter of Trout Unlimited will attempt a fish rescue operation.

And surprisingly, the West Magic Resort insists "ample" water in the reservoir still yields plenty of recreation.

"Contrary to popular belief, there is plenty of water to fish, ski or whatever suits your fancy," the resort told the Mountain Express.

All in, the Magic Reservoir has a capacity for 191,500 acre-feet of water.

Officials say now that the season's irrigation has come to an end, the reservoir is slowly refilling. Area farmers were able to get three more weeks of irrigation this season, compared to last year, to water their corn, alfalfa, hay, barley and wheat crops.

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