After months of much discussion and attempted legislation, the Carlsbad Irrigation District’s five-member Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to adopt a resolution demanding a priority call on the Pecos River.
In 2003, the CID, the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, the State of New Mexico, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation entered into a settlement to ensure that the state met its water delivery obligations to Texas and to provide water to the CID in times of shortage.
However, as the region’s ongoing drought has made the effort exceedingly difficult, CID manager Dudley Jones said the district has been progressively impacted by the lack of water.
In 2011, surface water and augmentation wells yielded the district 1.4 acre-feet of water per acre of land to allot among its farmers, he said. The district received .9 acre-feet in 2012 and has received .3 acre-feet per acre this year.
Since January, the CID and the PVACD have met several times with other state and government agencies to determine how to fulfill the CID’s needs without resorting to a priority call. After legislation that would have provided $2.5 million toward its efforts failed to pass the state Legislature, Jones said the district had no other Login to read more