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Water Bank Deliveries are Curtailed - July 25, 2014
The recent spotty rainfall have not contributed enough to river levels to continue the allowance of Water Bank deliveries.
As of 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 25, 2014, all deliveries to Water Bank users are curtailed.
The MRGCD will continues to monitor river levels and flows on a daily basis and will notify Water Bank customers when irrigation may resume.
Please consult your ISO/Ditch Rider with any current scheduling and questions regarding water availability should be directed to the MRGCD General Office at 505-247-0234.
And the roller coaster ride continues! The last 3 weeks have brought much needed rain to New Mexico. Showers have been scattered all over, with almost everyone getting some rain, although not all at once. There have also been rains to the north, creating inflows to the Rio Grande above and below Otowi gauge. Initially the MRGCD was able to reduce our releases from storage, and the past few days there have been no releases at all. This has greatly improved our outlook for water later in the season, and we now expect to be delivering water normally well into August, and a few more shots of rain could get us even farther.
Deliveries to Water bank users are curtailed as of noon, July 25, 2014.
These same storms have also re-wet the entire river. Earlier in the summer, as we were becoming increasingly reliant on releases of stored a water, the river was being carefully dried from the downstream end. Bureau of Reclamation was providing water to maintain flows for the Silvery Minnow, but their supply was not expected to last long. Because of the rains, BOR has also been able to conserve water, and both the Silvery minnow and the valley farmers have benefited.
Today we are still operating on the rainwater. There is about 1250 cfs coming out of Cochiti Dam, and this will continue at least for a few more days. Cochiti division temporarily shut down canals to protect against flooding earlier this week, but has now resumed normal operations. Albuquerque is operating at a slightly reduced rate. Belen is irrigating the west side of the valley through the weekend, and will shift to the east side on Monday morning. Socorro reports plentiful water, although it is highly silt-laden water due to Rio Puerco inflow. Flow below San Acacia dam is currently over 700 cfs, and water is making it all the way to Elephant Butte reservoir.
Board of Directors Approve FY15 Budget
The MRGCD Board of Directors approved the budget for the 2015 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014 and running to June 30, 2015.
The budget was approved on a 5 to 2 vote and includes a 5% increase in the ad valorem mill rate and a $3.00/acre (10.7%) increase in water service charge.
Links to the approved budget and budget resolution are below:
FY15 Budget Revenue (Approved)
FY15 Budget Expenses (Approved)
FY15 Budget Resolution
Questions concerning the budget should be directed to the MRGCD General Offices at 1931 Second St., SW, Albuquerque, NM or by phone at (505) 247-0234.
MRGCD Involved in Five-Point Water Conservation and Management Plan for Valley
Key governmental jurisdictions and agency leaders, including representatives from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, recently completed a series of roundtable discussions that have resulted in a study and plan to Maximize the Water Supply of the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
The discussion and subsequent water plan, are the result of Senate Memorial 8, sponsored by State Senator Michael Padilla and passed by the New Mexico State Senate during the 2013 legislative session.
The plan outlines five significant ways to maximize the water supply in the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
MRGCD staff participants in the roundtable discussions included Chief Engineer, Subhas Shah; Hydrologist, David Gensler; Assistant Engineer, Ray gomez; and MRGCD Directors, Adrian Oglesby, Karen Dunning and Eugene Abeita.
A complete copy of the Senate Memorial 8 water plan may be viewed at the following link:
Maximizing the Middle Rio Grande Water Supply
MRGCD and AMAFCA Exchange Honors
At its regularly scheduled board meeting, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority Board of Directors received an honor from the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, presented by Chief Engineer/CEO, Subhas Shah.
Shah presented AMAFCA Board Chairman Tim Eichenberg with a proclamation honoring the Flood Control Authority for it's 50 years of service to the Albuquerque area.
"AMAFCA" has been a good partner over the years to the MRGCD and our collaboration has benefited the Flood Control Authority as well as the Conservancy District." says MRGCD Chief Engineer/CEO, Subhas Shah. "Hopefully we can continue to work together to better the Middle Rio Grande Valley." Shah adds.
Following the award by the District, AMAFCA Chairman Eichenberg presented Mr. Shah with an award for his more than 35 years of service to the District and the people of the middle valley.
Shah announced in November his intention to step down as Chief Engineer/CEO of the District effective December of 2014. Shah will then stay on with the District in a consultative role for the next six to 12 months.
Shah Started as Chief Engineer of the District in 1977.
A Retirement and Succession Plan is Announced for CEO/Chief Engineer
Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Chief Engineer/CEO Subhas Shah and the MRGCD Board of Directors have announced the retirement and succession plan for the Mr. Shah.
Shah has served as MRGCD Chief Engineer/CEO for 36-years and will continue his employment as CE/CEO with the District until December 1, 2014. Mr. Shah has agreed to pass on his extensive knowledge of the district, gained during his long tenure, to his successor.
In his Announcement of Retirement Mr. Shah thanked those who helped him in his journey with the MRGCD, a life journey.
"I have been reflecting on how the MRGCD has profoundly changed my life. It has been a challenging career for a young engineer with no political know-how and to survive within a notoriously political agency that controls the most precious water and land resources in the State of New Mexico. My time at the MRGCD has taught me so much, and the hands-on experience is something that you can never learn in school …. believe me on that one!" said Shah. "The District has been my life. When I say “District,” I don’t mean just the ditches, dams, buildings, vehicles, and computers that make up the physical side of the MRGCD. “District” means all of you – the employees, the board members, the residents, the irrigators – everyone who has worked to keep this sliver of green oasis in the desert alive, well and thriving. YOU all have been my life and I have worked for all of you. I hope I have done a good job. "
The more than 100 people in attendance at the meeting gave Mr. Shah a standing ovation.
“Subhas Shah has been a dedicated public servant and has led the District through a period of many challenges and great changes.” says MRGCD Board Chairman Derrick J. Lente.
The District will begin the search for a replacement in the coming weeks and will take the necessary time needed to find a professional replacement for the Chief Engineer’s position.
To read Mr. Shah's entire speech, click here.