It is usually full by this time of year, said Mark Catlin, director of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association.
The reservoir, with 106,230 acre-feet capacity, serves much of the Uncom- pahgre Valley.The area's wettest snow falls from February to April, but the irrigation company will likely be largely dependent on river flows instead of reservoirs, Catlin
"What we're going to be this year is, rather than a storage-based irrigation company, we will be live runoff-based," he
The drought and market conditions are battering the financial standing of the agriculture industry, officials said.
"I think lenders in agriculture have been skittish for years.
...Impacts in the agriculture industry, part of the region's economic foundation, will likely be felt on Main Street, said Catlin, director of the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association.
Farmers will likely spend less money on new equipment and supplies, as well as watching their pennies on personal spending.
"I think we're going to find out how far out in the country Main Street runs.I don't think there's a business in our community that won't see a decrease from the impacts to farming," said Catlin