That’s because irrigation water here comes from the Boise River, and forecasts are that the river’s flows will only hit 60 percent of average this year. Lucky Peak won’t stay full, either. County commissioners requested the drought declaration so temporary water rights can be sought and so forth; Ada is the 19th Idaho county to get a drought emergency declaration so far this year.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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