Dire decline: Farmers prep for possible ‘worst’ water allotment ever

Outlet: El Paso Times

February 4, 2013

LAS CRUCES — A Rio Grande river drought entering its third year is on par to become one of the worst ever for Doña Ana County water users. Indeed, local irrigation officials are contemplating not releasing any river water this year, a thought that has farmers from Garfield to Las Cruces to La Mesa worrying.If there is any water issued to growers, it likely won’t happen before summer —after the snowmelt runoff, little as it may be, makes it into upstream reservoirs, officials said.