Workshop Clears The Water


Sierra County municipal leaders gathered for a special workshop Monday afternoon March 27. The special gathering was convened in order to better define issues and local goals relating to the future designation and maintenance of a minimum pool of water for Elephant Butte Lake.
Area leaders were joined by a contingent of authorities including state engineer Tom Blaine, representatives from the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID) Manager Gary Esslinger, Santa Fe attorney Pete Domenici Jr. and a number of other officials, all experienced with water rights and water management in New Mexico.

Watching The River Flow

river irrigation

Earlier this week, Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) authorities opened up the gates of Elephant Butte Dam, officially kicking off the 2017 irrigation season. While regulated to a trickle throughout the winter months, the river basin just below the dam was clearly bank full and running steady early Tuesday morning, March 7. In this perennial process, BOR officials move water from Elephant Butte reservoir to Caballo Lake, where it is temporarily held, before being distributed to satisfy agricultural needs in southern New Mexico, West Texas and Mexico.