The Natural Resource Conservation Service has ranked 2013 as one of the driest for Montana, according to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Residents of the state are looking to better manage the water they have as a result.
Placing water usage limits on residents is a possibility, water commissioners say. Other methods like no-till agriculture to keep soil from drying out and working to conserve snowmelt levels on mountain peaks are also being considered. Irrigation methods have been employed in some instances, with soil moisture sensors used to verify effectiveness.
Experts note snowpack and rains are coming at different times in the year, complicating issues further. The last 10 years have been some of the driest for the state, but none have been as dry as 2013.