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PIERRE, S.D. -- Dry conditions have forced the state of
South Dakota to issue shutoff orders to 54 irrigators on the Cheyenne
River and tributaries upstream of Angostura Reservoir near Hot
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has a more senior water right --
dating to 1941 -- that allows the reservoir to fill to provide
irrigation water to the Angostura Irrigation District, according to
the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Because Angostura is less than half full, the Bureau of
Reclamation asked that state permits for other water uses be
suspended so all available water flows into the reservoir, the DENR
It is the third straight year that drought-related shutoff orders
were issued. They apply to irrigation, municipal uses or commercial
uses but not to domestic uses such as livestock watering.
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