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.