Exploratory well comes up dry

CNJ staff An exploratory well completed last month by New Mexico American Water came up dry. The company said in a press release Thursday that what little water was found was not suitable for use. Since June 2010, New Mexico American Water has been drilling south of Clovis to the Lower Dockum Formation to determine […]

New Mexico American Water exploring aquifer

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water is working to drill a second exploratory well, following the failure of the original well, in the Lower Dockum Aquifer, located 1,600 feet below ground. Kevin Wilson New Mexico American Water hopes to know in two months whether the Lower Dockum Aquifer is a solution for […]

Ag well application closure receives mixed reactions from local farmers

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Local members of the agriculture industry have mixed reactions to the recent closure of the High Plains aquifer to new appropriations of water. Last week, the Office of the State Engineer announced that it would no longer allow permits for agricultural, commercial, municipal or industrial wells that would pump […]

Exhibit touts lakes’ importance

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Freedom New Mexico: Casey Peacock Tish McDaniel, with The Nature Conservancy, and Kathy Durand, chair of the Anthropology department at Eastern New Mexico university, studies one of the posters that will be on display at the “Playas: Gems of the Plains” exhibit. By Casey Peacock: Freedom New Mexico Many people do not understand the importance […]

Conservationists believe Ogallala Aquifer recharged through playa lakes

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Broadview rancher John Wood stands in the middle of the great saucer-shaped depression of the playa lake. (Staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Birds dart toward the edge of the great saucer-shaped depression and disappear in a patch of yellowed grass. John Wood stands in the middle of his concave field, […]

Residents give input on regional water plan

By William P. Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Irrigated farming, as area residents know it, could become a thing of the past in eastern New Mexico. Hydrogeologist Amy Ewing gave statistics Monday night that project water saturation thickness in the underground aquifer beneath Curry and Roosevelt counties will be at an all-time low of less than 100 […]

Officials looking at water options

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Curry County officials, farmers and residents identified their top alternative water plans Wednesday evening during a public meeting organized by an Albuquerque based engineering and water resource consulting firm, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc. Though only eight of the original 11 entities remain committed, the Ute Pipeline — […]

Wet 2004 makes big splash in savings

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A combine harvests wheat to the south and east of State Highway 209 and Curry Road 17 June 2004 as storm clouds build in the distance. (CNJ file photo) By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Mother Nature’s dousing of eastern New Mexico this year was a economic boon to the region, allowing farmers to cut […]

Curry draining aquifer too fast, state engineer says

By Jack King Ogallala Aquifer water under Curry County is being used up at a rate almost five times faster than it can be recharged, the director of the State Engineer’s water rights division said here Wednesday. Paul Saavedra, who addressed a meeting of Clovis’ water policy advisory board at city hall, said an estimated […]

Readers react to government, water, energy

Project: Reader Reaction Members of Project: Reader Reaction were recently asked for comments on any issue they had on their minds. Some responses: “It looks like our governor is on the right track when he suggests that we make more stringent rules for (repeat offenders) of driving while intoxicated. “All well and good by locking […]

Water needs to be conserved drop by drop

Don’t water your lawn every day. Don’t wash your car every weekend. Don’t use your dishwasher until it’s full. Save water whenever you can. Those are common-sense ideas to follow any day in the arid West, but they take on more urgency today. If we don’t follow them, we may have serious water shortages in […]

Drought aggravates area water problems

By Gary Mitchell Clovis’ water supplier has asked residents to stop watering their lawns for a few days, but company officials insist the request does not signal major water shortages in the near future. New Mexico-American Water Co. officials said during a Thursday press conference that the shortage is temporary and due to an unusually […]

Preserving Ogallala Aquifer a balancing act

By Kevin Wilson PORTALES — People from different walks of life are meeting in Portales for one common goal — to slow the decline of the Ogallala Aquifer. The workshop, “Land Uses and their Effects on the Ogallala Aquifer,” is in its second day at the Memorial Building. Today’s meetings start at 8:15 a.m. and […]

Officials to discuss water supply

By Mike Linn Portales is hosting a workshop this week on examining ways to slow the rapidly declining water supply in the Ogallala Aquifer. In areas north of Portales, water from the Ogallala declines four times as fast as it is replenished, conservation officials explain, and even with modern farming irrigation systems the extended future […]

If we don’t keep water flowing, people will be going … away

Eastern New Mexico is running out of water. A series of stories in last week’s newspapers makes that clear to everyone. We must do two things: Find another source for water and reduce our water-usage rate. If we don’t, Clovis and Portales — and many other eastern New Mexico communities — could be ghost towns […]

Aquifer history goes back millions of years

By Claire Bushey The word “aquifer” comes from two Latin words, which together mean “to bring water.” That is what the Ogallala Aquifer has done for the High Plains for nearly a century. Named after the town of Ogallala, Neb., the aquifer covers 174,000 square miles in parts of eight states, including New Mexico and […]

Area could be dry by 2040 — or maybe sooner

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Water takes on even more importance in the High Plains, where agriculture is one of the leading businesses. By Claire Bushey The question of how much water is left in the eastern New Mexico area has bedeviled politicians and business owners, scientists and ordinary consumers for decades. The answer is still unknown. New Mexico-American Water […]