Managing water levels at Ute Lake tops advisory group’s agenda

By QCS Staff

A meeting of the Ute Reservoir Advisory Group to discuss water supply management at Ute Lake in advance of a proposed water pipeline to bring water to Clovis and Portales will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Tucumcari Convention Center by the URAG, said Mark Murphy, Canadian River Basin Manager for the Interstate Stream Commission.

Water management strategies include how to conserve water and avoid excessive downdrafts of the Ute Lake water level. A model showing options, such as switching from surface to ground water based on certain lake level triggers, will be presented at the meeting by Greg Gates an engineer with CH2M Hill Engineering of Albuquerque.

Any type of agreement would have to come before the Ute Water Commission.

The meeting’s goals are to come to a consensus for water supply management for the Ute Lake Master Plan/Shoreline plan, according to Murphy.

Participants of the advisory group and representatives from Logan, Tucumcari, Quay County, the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, Clovis and Portales are expected to attend.

The meeting follows Thursday’s meeting of the ENRWA at the Melrose City Hall, where a workshop will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the regular meeting will begin at 3 p.m.