LAS CRUCES (AP) — Dona Ana County farmers are making an urgent plea to Gov. Susana Martinez for water for their thirsty crops.
If they don’t get the water, the Elephant Butte Irrigation District is slated to close down for the season July 5, after slightly more than a month of irrigation. The season typically starts much earlier and ends in September or October.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports there was no response from Santa Fe as of Tuesday.
The irrigation district has asked the state to hand over 100,000 acre-feet of water now in storage at Elephant Butte Lake.
Such a move allows water users north of the lake to store extra runoff in future years. But it also reduces the amount northern irrigators can apply to any water-use deficit they might face this season.