Rio Grande Begins Filling Friday

LAS CRUCES, NM – The Rio Grande is about to turn from a mostly dry channel into a flowing river in southern New Mexico. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is opening the gates and releasing water for the first time this year from Caballo Reservoir.

Though water is being released, none of it will be used by Dona Ana County farmers.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports Friday's water release is headed for growers in Mexico and west Texas.

Elephant Butte Irrigation District officials say they don't have enough water in storage to start irrigation season yet in Dona Ana County.