Ute advisory group meeting ends with no decision

Thomas Garcia

A Ute Reservoir Advisory Group meeting Friday ended with no decision because of differences over 25 feet of water.

The group, which is made up of members from the Ute Water Commission and the Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority, met at the Tucumcari Convention Center. Their goal was to develop a comprehensive drought management plan and discuss water supply management at Ute Lake.

“The drought plan that we develop will help to curb the usage as drought conditions begin to set in,” said Greg Gates, of CH2M Hill Engineering of Albuquerque. “It would allow the different agencies drawing water from the Ute Reservoir to share in the hardships in the event of a drought.”
A drought plan strategy will protect the surface level of the lake, said Mark Murphy, Canadian River Basin Manager, Interstate Stream Commission.

All of this planning is early preparation for the Ute Lake Pipeline project, which was approved by Congress in March.