January 4, 2007--Pecan Growers Say Nuts to Water Plan (Denver Post)

Rules proposed by the New Mexico State Engineer that would cap water use for farmers during dry years have members of a New Mexico water district upset claiming the dry-year limitations are far short of what's needed. The State Engineer released the draft regulation in November and has said they're needed to ensure that the state has enough water to meet its downstream delivery obligations. The rule calls for limiting growers to 4 acre-feet of water per acre each year. Pecan farmes say they need about 112 acre-feet more than the proposed 4 acre-feet to see a profit. The limitations says State Engineer is one of serveral steps needed to keep from over-pumping the basin.

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