LAS CRUCES (AP) — Reservoirs in southern New Mexico have gotten a much needed boost from late-summer rains.
The levels at Elephant Butte and Caballo reservoirs have climbed in recent weeks as a result of runoff making its way down arroyos and other channels that drain into the lakes.
Elephant Butte’s volume increase by nearly 25 percent as an extra 41,000 acre-feet flowed into the lake, according to numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. An acre-foot is nearly 326,000 gallons, or enough to cover a football field with a foot of water.
The reservoir is about 8.5 percent full.
Bert Cortez, who works with the bureau in El Paso, Texas, said that other than local precipitation, there’s not much water entering the lakes.
“There is very little water reaching our reservoirs from releases from upstream reservoirs so it’s reasonable to say that most of the increase is due to rainfall,” he told the Las Cruces Sun-News in a story published Tuesday.
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