End of watering season near Las Cruces approaches

Rio Grande, restoration

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – The end of the watering season on the Rio Grande is approaching as the river is getting closer to being dried up.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that three irrigation districts that rely on the river have shut off water for the year. In less than two weeks, the river is expected to dry up until the next releases for farmers, likely in the spring of 2015.

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District ended its season July 31, while a Mexican irrigation district ended its watering year Thursday.

Still, some Rio Grande water that’s bound for farmers in a neighboring district in Texas will continue flowing through Doña Ana County until Aug. 22. After that, the Rio Grande will dry up until the next releases for farmers.

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