Water Outlook Worries Farmers

Las Cruces – Dona Ana County farmers are awaiting a decision on how much water they will get for the upcoming irrigation season before making planting decisions.

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District in southern New Mexico has not formalized the water allotment farmers can expect to receive throughout the year.

The district's board of directors, which sets the allotment, did not vote on a start date for releasing water or set the allocation when it met last week.

The irrigation district did not have much water left in storage at Elephant Butte Reservoir at the end of last irrigation season, and is relying on snowfall this winter in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico.

That runoff feeds the Rio Grande each spring.


Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News,

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