- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 26, 2018

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - A southern New Mexico irrigation district is getting federal funding to help weather the ongoing drought.

The Elephant Butte Irrigation District will use more than $180,000 on a project to improve water flow, storm water harvesting and aquifer recharge.

The district will contribute a nearly equal amount.

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman announced the funding Tuesday. The agency awarded more than $8 million to 13 projects in New Mexico, Utah and California.

The funding is part of the agency’s drought response program.

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