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canals, it would have to invest heavily in infrastructure to import the water. But the alternative could be much worse. Without new water, the 250 farmers covered by the McMullin agency will have to reduce their groundwater use by one third over the next 20 years, raising the prospect of substantial land retirement.
“There’s water, and probably enough water to satisfy a large part of the need,” said general manager Matt Hurley. “It’s not sloshing, but there is water available.”