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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.

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MRGCD Exhausts San Juan Chama Water Supply

Release issued: 08/28/2023 Albuquerque, NM – For the second time in 40 years, the Rio Grande will likely run dry in Albuquerque. High temperatures, lack of rainfall and inability to store adequate supplemental water, have contributed to the onset of a dryer-than-usual...

Important Notice to Corrales Area Water Users

Release issued: 08/17/2023 Albuquerque, NM - Water managers and fish biologists at the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the Bureau of Reclamation are preparing for possible river drying in the Albuquerque area and are also working to mitigate the effects on...

Important Notice to MRGCD Water Users

Important Notice to MRGCD Water Users Posted: 7.31.2023 The delivery of irrigation water within the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) is highly dependent on the natural flow of the Rio Grande. Since the end of spring runoff in early July the natural flow...

2023 Proposed Mill Levy Increase

MRGCD BOARD APPROVES 2023 MILL LEVY INCREASE TO HELP PAY FOR CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE Failing infrastructure has become the most significant challenge for the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) in these water short times. The MRGCD does not have enough...