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Outfall Control Structure (OCS) – These structures control the delivery of water to strategic outfalls along the river. The MRGCD currently operates the San Francisco, Lower Peralta #2, Storey, New Belen, Los Chavez, 240, and Alejandro outfalls in the Isleta Reach of the MRG in support of Endangered Species in the summer months.  OCSs allow the District to measure and control how much water is delivered to these habitat sites.  Additional outfalls are being considered through this initiative.

Irrigation Delivery Projects (IDPs) – MRGCD is continuing to improve on our ability to measure water as it moves through our vast array of canals in the Middle Rio Grande. The Irrigation Delivery Projects or IDP initiative is a grant-funded effort to better understand farm irrigation efficiency through the measurement of inflow and outflow of discrete sections of our facilities.  By measuring the inflow and the outflow of a particular section of canal, the MRGCD can then look at the land being irrigated within that section and approach irrigators with financial and technical assistance to improve their on-farm delivery systems, lands and/or practices to be in compliance with the irrigation rate in the MRGCD’s Water Distribution Policy.  Water conserved through this initiative helps the MRGCD meet irrigation demand throughout the District.

Latest News

2024 Irrigation Season Starts Feb 26

Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District Announces Start of 2024 Irrigation Season Water managers will begin charging the irrigation system on February 26   Albuquerque, NM – Water managers at the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District are preparing for the...

February 2024 Water Outlook Report

This video is a presentation of the February MRGCD water report. The presentation was made during the February board meeting by Anne Marken, who oversees MRGCD's water operations. It covers the water outlook, El Vado Dam/storage, Rio Grande Compact and water supply. 

MRGCD Introduces New Water Gauging Website

This is an instructional video on MRGCD’s new water gauge website – it’s user friendly and a great way for middle Rio Grande valley water users (and anyone else) to monitor flow data, upstream levels and more.

The new website can be found here:

Farmers Meeting Informational Video

Beginning in November of 2023, the MRGCD board and staff began visiting counties throughout the District to meet with MRGCD farmers and irrigators. This video is a brief overview of what has been covered at those meetings.

MRGCD Announces New Service Request Process

MRGCD’s Irrigation Systems Operators (ISO) are most in tune with middle Rio Grande valley water users and their needs and expectations. Their focus is working with water users to ensure water is delivered in a timely and equitable fashion. In order to keep ISO’s...

Notice: Socorro Main Canal North Project to Begin Construction

SOCORRO MAIN CANAL NORTH CHANNEL LINING PHASE I The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) plans to conduct channel lining within the Socorro Main Canal North (Canal), starting from the San Acacia Diversion Dam to Station 60+00± of the Canal. This project...