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Irrigation water prices under SGMA causing sticker shock

 •  by Lois Henry
Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District General Manager Eric Averett, right, and Asst. General Manager Dan Bartel, left, explain the district's plan for creating water accounts for area growers at a meeting Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. Credit: Lois Henry

Reaction was hushed when Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District General Manager Eric Averett asked the small group of farmers Tuesday morning if any were interested in buying irrigation water at the previously unheard of price of $770 an acre foot.

No papers rustled. Keyboards went silent. And none of the growers raised a hand.

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