ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Some extra water will be flowing down the Rio Grande later this week, but farmers won’t be getting it, the Silvery Minnow will.
The water levels in the river are so low right now that it’s not enough to reach federal requirements for the endangered fish.
The extra water will be released from the Abiquiu Reservior on the Rio Chama, with the hope of triggering a spawn of the fish.
The extra water will be most noticeable on the central avenue bridge where the levels will nearly triple by Thursday.
New Mexico had such a dry winter that snowpack melt has been dismal.
The middle Rio Grande conservancy district says it’s about 30 to 50 percent of normal.