Lately, Howard Woehrer hasn't been able to count on his spring-fed creek to provide water to his cattle. The creek is dry, and he now fills tanks of water to bring to his cattle in the back of his pickup truck.
His situation should soon improve. He is one of more than two dozen Cole County residents who have been approved for well-related drought funding from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) soil and water conservation districts. For the successful applicants, the work has included laying of well distribution lines, well development and development of a spring, said DNR spokesperson Renee Bungart.
Woehrer, a semi-retired farmer near St. Martins, plans to run a 1,000-foot underground water line from a well to his pasture.