Reservoir release concerns irrigation company
SHOSHONE, Idaho (AP) -- An irrigation official with the Big Wood Canal Co. says the recent release of water from Magic Reservoir to make repairs to a leaking hydraulic oil line could mean lost crops for farmers who depend on the water.
Company Chairman Carl Pendleton says it's hard to know for sure if the 40,000 acre-feet of water released in November will be needed this spring. If it is he says the lost water could end up costing farmers $3 million.
The Times-News reports that the central Idaho reservoir had 54,000 acre-feet of water just before the release. On Thursday the reservoir held about 18,000 acre-feet, well below the reservoir's capacity of 191,000 acre-feet.
Water was released so workers could make repairs at the Magic Reservoir Hydroelectric plant.
Information from: The Times-News, http://www.magicvalley.com