EBID Announces Increased Allotment, 2nd Flat Rate Irrigation, and End of Season
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EBID Announces Increased Allotment, 2nd Flat Rate Irrigation, and Tentative End of Season(Back to the top)
Key Facts and Dates
2017 Allotment Increased(Back to the top)
During Elephant Butte Irrigation District's monthly board meeting May 10, the board of directors authorized an increase in the surface water allotment to 18 inches.
April Water Delivery Update(Back to the top)
The EBID Board of Directors have issued an initial 12 inch per acre allotment. Diversions started April 17th for the Arrey Canal. Diversions for the Leasburg, Eastside, and Westside Canals will start May 15th.
Farmers that intend to use their surface water are encouraged to order water as early as practical so EBID can improve water delivery efficiency and insure delivery.
Additional Flat Rate irrigation(s) may be announced at a later date.
EBID Sets Initial Water Allotment 2017(Back to the top)
Elephant Butte Irrigation District's board of directors met in special session Friday, March 24 to determine the surface water allotment for 2017. Based on water stored in the reservoir an initial allotment of eight inches (8") per acre will be delivered to EBID members. This allotment is expected to rise as spring runoff from the Rio Grande headwaters, typically arriving from March through July, makes its way to Elephant Butte Reservoir.
EBID consultant Dr. Phil King delivers status updates on storage, climate trends, and weather and drought forecasts throughout the year. He says, "This is the best water outlook, at least in terms of snowpack, that we've had in many years. I still don't get too giddy about it, and we don't let the allotment get ahead of what is actually in the reservoir." At the March EBID Board meeting, he said that the spring runoff was beginning, and expected to increase significantly as warm temperatures in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado trigger snowmelt. He cautions, "We have had decent snowpack before and been very disappointed by what arrives in storage. It will be a better water supply year than we have had recently, but recent years were pretty bad, so any improvement is better than status quo."
Hatch Growers Meeting: Tuesday, April 11th from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Hatch Community Center, 837 Highway 187, Hatch, NM. Topics of discussion will include the 2017 surface water allocation, legal updates and further information on the Drought Reduction Offset Program (DROP). Dr. King will provide additional insight on DROP from the perspective of participating farmers and will be seeking input from the farming community. EBID is making progress with the Bureau of Reclamation, King says and will be reaching out to Municipal and Industrial water providers to explain how the program will work.
Release, diversion and water order dates are as follows:
March 31 - Initial release from Caballo Reservoir.
Farmers are encouraged to provide a "ready date" as well as to order as early as possible to facilitate efficient watering. Delays in placing surface water orders will reduce the opportunity to receive water. Members must be prepared to receive their water when it is available.
Farm Rate account water orders can be placed (beginning on April 10th for the North area) online through the Farmer Services tab on the EBID website at www.ebid-nm.org. EBID members can easily set up an account to simplify water orders and general account management. Farmers may also place water orders by contacting the EBID Water Records Department at 524-8003 from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Water orders and release dates for the Central and South areas are not yet determined but are tentatively set for mid May, 2017. The flat rate schedule for these areas has not been determined yet but will be announced later as more information becomes available.
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