Water woes continue
not much better off than last year
Express Staff Writer
County is a little bit better off for water this year than last, but not
Monday, the Magic Reservoir was 41 percent full. Lynn Harmon of the
Big Wood Canal Co., which manages the reservoir, said he expected Magic to
drop as low as it did last summer. Express photo by Willy Cook
of the Big Wood Canal Co., which manages Magic Reservoir, said Monday that
the reservoir was at 79,881 acre feet.
about 42 percent of the reservoirís 191,500-acre-feet capacity
the snowpack was good this year, "but unfortunately we have too great
a deficit to make up. Usually, we have 50,000 to 60,000 acre feet of
He said he
was going to turn on the water for farmers on May 5, and turn it off about
the same date as last year, July 1.
looks like last year all over again," he said. "Itís kind of
another bleak year."
Kimball, assistant water master of the Fish Creek Reservoir near Carey,
said, "This yearís snows helped a lot, but now we could use a
Creek Reservoir, which holds 13,500 acre feet of water, was about 50
percent full on Friday, Kimball said.
about as much water as the reservoir filled at its highest on May 8, 2001.
still have snowpack to draw from," Kimball said. "The flow into
the reservoir is about twice as much as it was this same time last
He said he
started running water for shareholders last year on April 25. This year,
he planned to hold out until today, May 1.
could last until mid-July, if farmers are "really conservative"
with their water use, he said.
Simpson, water master for the Little Wood Reservoir, also near Carey, is
no more enthusiastic than Kimball nor Harmon.
Friday that the reservoir is at about 86 percent, or 26,000 acre feet,
which is less than he had last year at this time.
Wood Reservoir holds 30,000 acre feet of water.
more snowpack upstream than last year," he said, but whether or not
it will significantly increase the reservoirís acre feet is yet to be
he said, he turned the water off on about Aug. 28.