New Mexico's largest
reservoir, Elephant Butte Lake, could drop to two percent of its
two million acre-foot capacity by the end of irrigation this
summer and be virtually dry by year-end.
And if New Mexico isn't careful about how it
manages its stream flows, local managers could lose their
authority to make water decisions.
Those were key points raised on Saturday by the
head of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, Estevan
Lopez spoke at a church-sponsored water forum
attended by several Santa Fe local government officials.
Ironically, the dire predictions came as the
normally minuscule Santa Fe River babbled, swirled and splashed
through town, and the city water projects coordinator said Santa
Fe Canyon reservoirs are in good shape. However, Lopez says don't
be misled; the water crunch marches on.