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Community Members Attend Annual Water Forecast Meeting

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By Alexa Tieu

Hollister, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Members of the community met in Hollister to discuss the water forecast for Salmon Falls Tract...They're hoping that the outlook looks good for this year's farming season.

Ron Abramovich is a Water Supply Specialist for the National Resources Conversation Service.

He wants to inform area farmers about the water levels for the Salmon Falls Tract.

Ron Abramovich, Water Supply Specialist, National Resources Conservation Service says, "Farmers had a hard time choosing what to plant, so that's when we started trying to improve our stream flow forecasts for them to make wiser decisions...so you don't plant something when you're going to run out of water."

State Representative Clark Kauffman and Senator Bert Brackett also attended the event.

They spoke about the legislative session...but were also interested to hear the forecast.

"The water forecast is important mainly because we depend on the water for our crops. If it's going to be a short year, we would probably plant crops that use less water. If we have a good water year, we can plant more hay and more corn...so we kind of adjust our crops depending on what the water forecast is gonna be," explains Rep. Clark Kauffman, (R) District 25B.

This is the 38th Annual Water Forecast Meeting for the Salmon Falls Tract.

"What we do is go through the current snow pack conditions and we're looking for the stream flow forecast," explains Abramovich.

Rep. Kauffman adds, "I'm a farmer, so water's very important to me."

"The forecasts are important to us, but it's also important to our constituents," said Senator Bert Brackett, (R) District 23.

An essential meeting to help area farmers plan ahead...and start the crop season off strong.

The runoff this year is projected at 45–percent...That's only 5–percent higher than last year's yield.

The Annual Water Forecast Meeting is hosted by the Twin Falls Soil And Water Conservation District.


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