Reclamation: Supply will exceed demand for North Platte irrigation water

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - Irrigation district officials took in some good news Wednesday during a meeting with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.

Irrigation demand from agriculture interests in the North Platte River Project is set at 1.1 million acre-feet, and Reclamation officials today told the districts that supply will well exceed that figure.

During a meeting in at the UNL Panhandle Extension Center in Scottsbluff, Reclamation officials said supply from existing Wyoming reservoirs plus anticipated snowmelt run-off is forecast at 1.99 million acre-feet of water.

The forecast supply means ag producers should not have to face water allocations this coming growing season. While plentiful water supplies last year had some reservoirs overflowing spillways, Reclamation officials say that's not anticipated this year.