Drought taking toll on West, senators told

Coloradoan: Witnesses presented a bleak picture of the impact of ongoing drought in the West during a Senate hearing Tuesday, but there were a few rays of hope. First the bad news: "¢Seventy-five percent of land in the 11 westernmost states are facing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. "¢California has ordered a 25 percent reduction in water use by non-farm users. "¢Washington has declared a statewide drought emergency and is predicting $1.2 billion......

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