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Interstate Stream Commission to hold water pumping meetings

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The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission has begun augmentation pumping from state-owned wellfields to increase water supplies for the Carlsbad Irrigation District’s 2021 irrigation season.

The 2003 Pecos Settlement Agreement requires the commission to ensure that a certain amount of water is available in the Brantley Reservoir for the Carlsbad Irrigation District. Severe drought conditions and predictions of below average precipitation in the area for the next three months has led the commission to decide to supplement available water with water from augmentation wells at Seven Rivers and Lake Arthur.

The commission and Office of the State Engineer will host two public web-based meetings during the next two weeks. Pecos Basin farmers and ranchers are invited to participate. State Engineer John D’Antonio and Interstate Stream Commission Director Rolf-Schmidt Petersen will be available to answer questions.

The meetings will occur Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 3 to 4 p.m., and Monday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 6 p.m.

To participate, please register at the following links, which are specific to each meeting. For the Nov. 18 meeting, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ 4479963836817150732. For Nov. 23, register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5242591698912770316.

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More information is available by contacting Alec Norman, alec.norman@state.nm.us, 505-827-4118, or under the “Hot Topics” menu of the State Engineer’s website, www.ose.state.nm.us.