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 […]