Officials stop pumping water into Pecos River

September 18, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Mexico Interstate Stream Commission [auth] has announced it has stopping pumping groundwater into the Pecos River and its reservoirs.

The commission said Wednesday that thanks to recent heavy rains the river has seen a dramatic increase in water supply.

Officials say the commission has been pumping continuously since March 2011 under the terms of the 2003 Pecos Settlement.

That agreement called for the state to purchase water rights and establish wells that have been pumping groundwater to increase river flows.

Interstate Stream Director Estevan Lopez says last week’s storm brought the region out of crisis status and the commission no longer needs to pump groundwater.

The lower Pecos River downstream from the Fort Sumner area has been at the center of a legal dispute over pumping from another groundwater basin.

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