- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 5, 2014

ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. (AP) - State and federal officials are trying to keep the Rio Grande flowing.

The Interstate Stream Commission and the Bureau of Reclamation are working with a contractor to clear sediment from a 20-mile-long channel that leads to Elephant Butte Reservoir.

Officials say having the channel clear allows for more water to make it to southern New Mexico farmers and for the state to meet its water delivery obligations to Texas.

The maintenance is expected to continue through March.

The sediment in the river channel was deposited following last September’s record rains. The contractor also plans to repair some levees.

The channel ranges from 150 to 300 feet wide and is a few feet deep. It’s designed to convey river flows up to 2,000 cubic feet per second.



Click to Read More

Click to Hide