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BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners approved a Drought Declaration yesterday and if approved by the governor there will be some help for area farmers.  Water Master Jeremy Griffin told the board this year will be difficult. He says there is a good chance irrigation districts like Arnold and North Unit could be shut off for the first time in many years. He says districts that rely on stored water at Wickiup Reservoir may suffer because the reservoir has never been this low on this date. Commissioners were told under the drought declaration some districts may be able to use supplemental wells while large farm operations could buy crop insurance to cover some of their losses.

 

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