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Benefit to Irrigated Agriculture

The Western United States requires a dependable supply of reasonably priced, good-quality water if the economy is to prosper and the quality of life is to remain high. Vast areas that receive just a few inches of annual rainfall produce bountiful crops, but only with irrigation. Decisions on the types of crops to plant, the number of acres, and irrigation scheduling all depend on reliable forecasts of the year's water supply. Water is truly the life blood of the West.

[Irrigated Land (in Acres) Managed Using Water Supply Forecast/ Snowpack Information]

 

Irrigated Land (in Acres) Managed Using
Water Supply Forecast / Snowpack Information