MRGCD water bank flowing again; curtailment lifted

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Water bank curtailments have been lifted by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.

Recent warming weather has increased the spring thaw in northern New Mexico and native flows in the Rio Grande have risen to a level that allows the reinstatement of water bank irrigation.

“We’re experiencing the expected springtime runoff from the high mountains of New Mexico, which will carry us for an indefinite period of time and then it’ll be up to Mother Nature to supply the moisture from there,” says MRGCD hydrologist David Gensler.

But Gensler warns that the runoff may not last very long.

“In 2012, the district experienced a springtime runoff of about 30 percent of normal and this year is projected to be fairly similar,” he said.

The district established target water levels, both at El Vado Reservoir and the flows in the Rio Grande, as triggers to curtailment of water bank users.

Currently there are about 250 irrigators on the water bank affecting roughly 2,650 irrigable acres.

All irrigators can get updates on river flows and water bank delivers by visiting the MRGCD website at www.mrgcd.com.