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Rio Grande River supplemented in New Mexico
9/28/2018 12:00:00 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
Water Supply & Quality
Bernalillo County, NM
Socorro County, NM

Start Date: 7/5/2018 - End Date: 9/28/2018
Natural flows of the Rio Grande River ceased in July, but the river was still flowing due to supplemental water from the San Juan-Chama Project water from the Colorado River Basin. Albuquerque Journal (N.M.), Sept. 28, 2018 The Bureau of Reclamation was releasing water leased through the San Juan-Chama project to keep the Rio Grande River wet in the Albuquerque area. The riverbed north of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was a dry wash, while about 23 miles in the San Acacia reach were dry, as well as another stretch south of Isleta Pueblo. Santa Fe New Mexican (N.M.), July 5, 2018