Restoration of the Bonito Lake eyes 2018 completion

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) – Officials say restoration of the Bonito Lake, damaged after the 2012 Little Bear Fire, is estimated to be completed in 2018.

The Alamogordo News reports that Alamogordo’s Public Works Director Brian Cesar recently told city commissioners that workers are still pulling material out of the lake.

Debris from the fire had plugged pipeline coming into Alamogordo.

Cesar says construction time for pulling material out of the lake has been expanded because officials don’t workers d in the basin during monsoon season.

The intake tower was not damaged by debris but staff is recommending more intake ports be installed in the future so they can draw from multiple levels and get the best water quality.

The lake is owned and maintained by the City of Alamogordo but it is located in Lincoln County. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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