About EBID

Elephant Butte Irrigation District

Rincon and Mesilla Valleys
Dona Ana and Sierra Counties
New Mexico

Where farmers come for their water,
Where the future of irrigated agriculture is protected,
And employees strive to serve

Our Mission

For over 100 years EBID has been the steward of the surface water of New Mexico's portion of the Rio Grande Project. We operate and maintain the system for EBID members in the Rincon and Mesilla Valleys, continually improving efficiencies to meet the needs of those we serve and keep costs low, while our commitment to protecting the interests of our members remains steadfast. Our mission is – and always has been – to efficiently deliver surface water to our members with professionalism and respect.

Core Values




EBID Fact Sheets

Flat Rate Irrigation

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water right transfers

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use of ebid facilities

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protecting water quality

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irrigation information

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infrastructure improvement

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local improvement districts

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EBID Departments


The Board of Directors is comprised of a President, Vice President, Secretary, and six (6) Directors for a total of nine (9) Directors. The Board of Directors sets the District policies and directs the Treasurer-Manager to administer and manage these policies to ensure equitable treatment and service to all of our employees and Districtmembers.

The Treasurer-Manager is appointed by the Board of Directors and is responsible to adhere to all board policies and for all management decisions at the District.  The Treasurer-Manager is also responsible for all the Departments within the District, their Staff Members, and the Executive Secretary.  In addition, serves as the Public Information Officer (PIO) of the District.


The department oversees compliance and policies, federal, state and local laws, regulations and rules related to governmental finance, accounting, budgeting, payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, project accounting, grant reconciliation and reporting, fixed assets, procurement processes and the annual audit of the District. The department is responsible for the financial affairs of the District and prepares financial analyses of operations, including interim and final financial reports with supporting schedules, for the guidance of the Board of Directors. Responsible for financial policies and the annual budget, periodic review and approval by DFA, accounting practices, administration of payroll and all tax reports, relationships with the District member community, the maintenance of fiscal records, and the preparation of financial reports. Oversight of all accounting policies and reconciliation regarding collections for the District monies. Oversight and compliance of District procurement according to New Mexico State Statues and Procurement Code Regulations.

Human Resources and Safety

Human Resources supports all departments throughout the District regarding human resource management issues and support functions related to personnel matters. Responsibilities include: employee relations, labor law compliance, record keeping, recruitment, training, policies and procedures, compensation, retirement, benefit administration, performance improvement plans, managementsupport for all departments for discipline issues, unemployment issues, and compliance with allFederal and State regulations in regards to these matters.


Within Engineering, water rights records are kept and tracked daily, records are maintained of the District’s rights-of-way, Special Use Permitting is administered, and encroachments addressed. Engineering deals with a wide variety of entities and companies to ensure District policies are followed. The department is also tasked with design of new construction and major maintenance of the District’s canal system. Design work ranges from turnout installations to multi-objective stormwater capturing, habitat restoration and drain expansions to reduce flood risk. Engineering surveys sites and structures both pre-design and during construction. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology they track geographic features to assist in surveying and the District’s flood control responsibilities. Engineering organizes annual dam inspections to prioritize maintenance each year. While striving for very efficient and cost-effective designs, Engineering also works with other departments to prepare applications for grants and other outside funding.

SCADA Systems

The department monitors, analyzes, and reports on surface water and groundwater within the District boundaries. Using an extensive system of Remote Telemetry Units (RTU), surface water flow data is monitored throughout the District delivery system which includes diversion dams, river gauging stations, main canals, lateral headings, spillways and drains. SCADA Systems also monitors weather stations, rain gauges, flood control dams, and arroyo channels to trackstorm activity and capture additional stormwater inflows to aid in aquifer replenishment and field irrigations. Shallow groundwater elevation is monitored to assess aquifer health and the department also provides RTU irrigation groundwater well meters for farmers, in order to provide accurate flow data and to track the total volume of water pumped. SCADA Systems also oversees an extensive water quality monitoring program, conducting routine sampling on several water quality parameters from the Rio Grande River and various sites throughout the District.

Irrigation Systems

This department is comprised of Irrigation Systems and Water Records. The District’s irrigation system consists of a total of 90,640 water righted acres and approximately 300 miles of canal systems. It is divided into 11 units, of approximately 6,500 acres each. This department manages the water deliveries to all District members including  delivery point metering, crop reporting and water usage accounting. During off-season, employees are assigned to Maintenance for various projects. Water Records assists with irrigation account information: water orders, owner histories, and renter agreement. It is responsible for the District’s water accounting including diversions, laterals, diversions, and irrigation wells.

Groundwater Resources

The Groundwater Resources department coordinates the District’s groundwater-related policies and practices, maintaining updated information on aquifer conditions and health. Responsibilities include: interaction with consultants and counsel on groundwater related issues and drafting and presenting groundwater policies to the Board of Directors. This department also coordinates human, technical and information resources among all District departments to address District member needs arising from combined use of District surface water and supplemental or primary groundwater.


The Maintenance department is responsible for maintaining all of the District’s rights-of-ways and properties. The department is comprised of heavy equipment, fabrication and fleet mechanics. Heavy equipment includes mowing, spraying, grading of canals and laterals, turnout repairs, gopher holes, and weedplugs. They also perform general maintenance, repair and major construction on canals, laterals, drains and flood control dams. Major construction includes pipe installations, concrete structures, cleaning canals and drains, and restoring canal banks throughout the District. The in-house fabrication and welding builds and repairs gates, turnouts, box covers, bar grates, walkways and assists mechanics with necessary equipment repairs. Our mechanics are responsible for performing preventative maintenance and repairs to all District vehicles, heavy equipment, gearboxes and pumps, which total over 300 pieces of equipment and tooling. The Maintenance department ensures canals and laterals are functioning for efficient water deliveries throughout irrigation season.