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Local Address: Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
New Mexico State University
125 W. Hague Suite 240
El Paso, Texas 79902
United States

Company Description: New Mexico State University founded in 1888, is a comprehensive institution dedicated to teaching, research, and service at the graduate and undergraduate level. It...   more

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  • Technical Advisor and Hydrologist
    Elephant Butte Irrigation District


  • Ph.D.
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The snowpack hasn't built up across ..., 22 Mar 2014 [cached]
The snowpack hasn't built up across all of the basins that contribute water to the Rio Grande, said Phil King, a New Mexico State University professor and consultant water engineer for the Las Cruces-based Elephant Butte Irrigation District.
Friday, snowpack for the Upper Rio Grande Basin, a key contributor, sat at about 84 percent of average for this point in the season, according to a Natural Resources Conservation Service report.
King said that's not bad, but three other basins have seen less. Plus, for a still unknown reason, the snowpack in recent years isn't translating into as much run-off as it once did. Because of those factors, the irrigation district, which delivers water throughout Doña Ana County, isn't banking on much new supply reaching the reservoirs, King said.
King said he expects about 100,000 acre-feet of water to by the end of the irrigation season.
scientific method « Running Gamak: Warren Senders' Blog, 22 Nov 2013 [cached]
With the preliminary April 1 runoff forecast numbers in hand, this is "the worst year ever" on the Rio Grande, according to Phil King, New Mexico State University professor and the water management adviser to the Elephant Butte Irrigation District. "Ever" in this case translates to a century of water management on the river system through modern New Mexico.
The most likely forecast calls for just 14 percent of the long term average for spring runoff into Elephant Butte Reservoir, according to federal forecasters. That's not a surprise - King and others were watching the March weather and knew the numbers would be bad. But still… "It hurts to get slugged in the stomach," King told me this afternoon, "even if you were expecting it."
EBID will begin releasing what limited water it has to lower Rio Grande farmers beginning in early June, and hope for a big monsoon, King said.
Where the water flows into the ..., 17 Sept 2013 [cached]
Where the water flows into the lakes determines who gets to keep it, said EBID water engineer Phil King at a recent irrigation meeting. If it's from arroyos just above Elephant Butte Lake, most of it is likely to be attributed - for water accounting purposes - to water users farther north.
"The big picture is we certainly did improve by a few tens of thousands of acre-feet, but all that inflow into Elephant Butte probably will not be available to us because it probably will be credit water," he said.
Still, runoff that flowed into Caballo Reservoir will be credited to EBID, an El Paso irrigation district and Mexico users, King said.
"I feel terrible for the folks that got hit by the flooding, but it is bracing up our water supply a little bit," he said.
King, too, said that the key factor in easing the drought will be winter snowpack, the major source of irrigation water.
"This is nickels and dimes, but when you're broke, nickels and dimes help," he said.
Elephant Butte Irrigation District OPERATING AGREEMENT, 1 Jan 2008 [cached]
Phil King was brilliant as our technical advisor and hydrologist.
Dr. J. Phillip King, a Civil Engineering professor at New Mexico State University and consultant to EBID, stressed the historical importance of the agreement.
Phil King, New Mexico ..., 25 Nov 2012 [cached]
Phil King, New Mexico State University professor and consultant water engineer for EBID, said this year's river-water drought is even worse than in the early 2000s, when there were two severe seasons in a row. Now, EBID is about to enter its third consecutive short year. It's more akin to the period between 1954 and 1956, an extreme drought, he said.
The snowpack in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico so far is "way behind" past year's levels for this point in the season, said King. In addition, winter forecasts don't suggest an El Niño effect - which tends to result in more snowfall for the mountains in question.
Even if an unexpectedly large amount of precipitation fell this winter, King said, it still would have to survive sublimation, which vaporizes snow, instead of melting it. But even if a decent run-off happened, water still must make it to Elephant Butte Lake, passing through the Albuquerque-area irrigation district that's also impacted by the same drought, he said.
"So, the cards are stacked against us," King said.
As the situation stands now, farmers may be facing a less-than 6 acre-inch per-acre allotment next season, though it's too soon to say, King said. And the start of the irrigation season may be delayed until June, at least, he said.
King said a dramatic recharge isn't impossible, but it is unlikely.
"We've been through droughts before, and we'll get through this one," he said.
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