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A PIVOT irrigation system sweeps slowly across a field behind Maupin rancher Keith Nantz. The water he uses is drawn from the Juniper Flats Irrigation Ditch. Nantz, who serves on the Water Resources Committee for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, says state water quality rules reflect a “utopian idea that isn’t workable.” Pictured with Nantz are his working dogs Poncho, front, and Rook.

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