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Danny Jaffer, president of LDWC, talks about a well pump at a pump station.

Trammart News Service for the Itemizer-Observer

INDEPENDENCE — On a field just outside Independence, Danny Jaffer stands on sunburned grass flattened like parchment. The ground is bone dry. But deep below him are layers of clay and shale that hold a liquid as essential to life in the Willamette Valley as oxygen — water.

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