McPhee farmers face shortages after dry winter

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McPhee farmers face shortages after dry winter

Dolores Basin’s weak snowpack means reservoir won’t fill up
A weak winter and dry soils in the high country will leave McPhee Reservoir short of full capacity. Farmers face shortages this year for irrigation water.
Irrigation water sprays on a field of pinto beans northwest of Cortez in this file photo. Farmers face less water this year to do a winter that produced only 50 percent of the average snowfall.

McPhee farmers face shortages after dry winter

A weak winter and dry soils in the high country will leave McPhee Reservoir short of full capacity. Farmers face shortages this year for irrigation water.
Irrigation water sprays on a field of pinto beans northwest of Cortez in this file photo. Farmers face less water this year to do a winter that produced only 50 percent of the average snowfall.
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