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Bear River Water Off-limits for 90 Farmers

Bear River Water Off-limits for 90 Farmers

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Bear River has run out of water for 90 Cache Valley farmers.

The state Division of Water Rights has told them to stop pumping Bear River water because the drought has depleted their irrigation shares.

Robert Munk has 140 acres of silage corn that need two more good soaks before September's harvest.

He had hoped to get a third, and possibly a fourth, crop of alfalfa off of 200 acres in Amalga and Benson.

But a letter from the state told him his water share ran out July 26th.

Jerry D. Olds is state engineer. One of his assistants says he's gotten advice from the state attorney general and can seek temporary restraining orders against any farmers who fail to stop pumping.

But the state engineer's office expects the majority of the farmers will cooperate.

Bear Lake is lower than it has been since the 1930s, and there is only a trickle flowing naturally in the river channel.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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