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A rainy spring delivers solace to Malheur County farmers and ranchers

(The Enterprise/File Photo)

VALE – Drought isn’t going to be a problem for area farmers and ranchers this year.

That’s because Mother Nature delivered ample snowfall and rain to the region to stymie concerns about a short water year.

Mother Nature, though, waited until the last minute. 

In November 2018, water managers, farmers and irrigation districts worried the 2019 planting season would be dismal. 

In February, water reserves in local reservoirs remained low. For example, Warm Springs reservoir was 12% full while Beulah was 28% full. Bully Creek reservoir was 34% full and the Owyhee reservoir stood at 41% full.

Fast-forward four months and the water storage in those reservoirs shows a drastic increase. 

Last week Warm Spring reservoir was 94% full and Beulah was 91% full . . .