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Challenges remain despite good water year

Challenges remain despite good water year



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It was a good water year for Utah, just not good enough to erase questions about next year.

The National Weather Service says most of the state's major watersheds wound up 90 percent of normal or better. Last winter's snow and a cool spring paid off.

But here's the challenge: It's been very dry since then. And now, southwestern Utah and the basin around Utah Lake have one-fifth of the normal soil moisture. Other areas are close to that dry. And reservoir levels are down.

The experts say that could be a concern to farmers and wildfire fighters next spring if it stays dry before the snow comes.

E-mail: aadams@ksl.com

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