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Dry Year Brings Fear For Farmers

By Daryl Kelley

As the rainfall season winds down, authorities report that the Ojai Valley has experienced another year of sub-par precipitation, lowering the Lake Casitas reservoir, dropping groundwater levels and forcing farmers to water crops even during the wettest months. As of Thursday, the county Watershed Protection District reported local rainfall totals since Oct. 1 at between 54 percent and 62 percent of normal as the Ojai Valley had its fourth extremely dry year in the last decade. For example, only 11.55 inches of rain had fallen at the Oak View measuring station this season, just 54.8 percent of the normal of 21.07 inches.

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