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Gov. weighs declaring water emergency

DENVER – Gov. Bill Owens is considering declaring a state of emergency for eastern plains farmers whose wells were shut down because of a lack of water on the South Platte River, his spokesman said Wednesday.Owens spokesman Dan Hopkins said Weld County declared a countywide emergency earlier in the day. Hopkins says he expects other counties along the river to follow suit.”The real question is how do we solve this problem,” he said.Weld County commissioners said some farmers had already planted when the state engineer issued a forecast anticipating lower-than-average flows in the South Platte, leading to the shutdown of some wells.The wells draw water that would otherwise flow into the river. When river levels are low, the wells must be turned off to ensure that water users with higher-priority rights get their share.

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