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Hydrologic Outlook
National Weather Service El Paso TX/Santa Teresa NM
151 PM MDT Thu Mar 30 2017

...Water Returning to the Rio Grande...

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will begin releasing water down
the Rio Grande from Caballo Reservoir during the morning hours of
Friday, March 31, 2017. Water travel times vary year-to-year, and
are affected by a number of factors, including the dryness of the
river bed.

Water is estimated to reach Leasburg Dam early Saturday (April
1st), and may reach Las Cruces later the same day.

Water may reach the El Paso area on Sunday or Monday (April 2nd
or 3rd).

The initial release is intended for irrigators in the El Paso
County Water Improvement District #1 and in Mexico, with
irrigation expected to begin on April 4th. Irrigation for
Elephant Butte Irrigation District users is expected to begin on
April 17th.

Due to the uncertainty in water travel times, people are
discouraged from recreating in the dry Rio Grande river bed this
weekend.

Farmers and irrigators should contact their respective irrigation
districts for more detailed information, including irrigation
schedules.

Contact information can be found on the web at the following
URLs:

Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID)
http://www.ebid-nm.org/

El Paso County Water Improvement District #1 (EPCWID1)
https://www.epcwid1.org/

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Hardiman



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