Some NM Water Bank irrigators curtailed

Senators propose water usage, storage changes

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – An irrigation district that provides water to farmers throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley is curtailing water deliveries due to sporadic rainfalls and inadequate waters storage in El Vado Reservoir.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District said Friday that new water deliveries to Water Bank users will halt until further notice.

Under the MRGCD policy, each water bank lease is subject to curtailment in times of shortage.

The district established target water levels, both at El Vado Reservoir and the flows in the Rio Grande, as triggers to curtailment of Water Bank users.

Lake levels at Heron, El Vado and Elephant Butte are all expected to drop by the end of the year.

Officials blamed below-average snowpack in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for this year’s limited water supplies.

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