ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An irrigation district that provides water to farmers throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley says it will release the last of its supplemental water supplies on Monday.
The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District [auth] said Friday that farmers and residents throughout the valley will start to see reduced river flows once the last of the stored water is released.
Hydrologist David Gensler says the district and farmers are at the mercy of Mother Nature and rain is the only option for increased water supply.
The persistent drought forced the district to start using its stored water in early May. It has been releasing up to 950 cubic feet per second of water each day from El Vado Reservoir.
New Mexico is in its third year of extreme drought, and the state’s reservoirs have reached record-low levels.