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Commissioners declare drought in Bonneville County

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IDAHO FALLS — Bonneville County Commissioners declared a drought Tuesday following below-average precipitation levels and higher than average temperatures.

The declaration is consistent with the US National Drought Monitor that identified Eastern Idaho as experiencing moderate to severe drought, according to a news release.

“This declaration will be sent to the Idaho Division of Water Resources for review to determine if Bonneville County will receive a State Declaration of a drought,” the release says. “A declaration by the Governor will allow for the temporary changes of water rights so long as the changes do not injure existing water rights.”

If a drought is declared by Governor Brad Little, agricultural producers would be able to receive US Department of Agriculture Emergency loans if they experience decreased primary crop production.

Non-farm businesses in Bonneville County are currently eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration for economic losses caused by drought.

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