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Local Address:  Las Cruces , New Mexico , United States
New Mexico State University
789 Colchester Dr.
El Paso , Texas 79912
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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Groundwater directly impacts surface ..., 10 July 2015 [cached]
Groundwater directly impacts surface water in the lower Rio Grande and vice versa, according to Phil King, New Mexico State University civil engineering professor and a consultant to EBID.
That led former Attorney General King to sue EBID, the El Paso irrigation district and the Bureau of Reclamation. King claimed the agreement left New Mexico deprived of water that rightfully belonged to the state - even if the irrigators in southern New Mexico were generally comfortable with an accord that let them continue pumping.
"The attorney general filing that suit was a direct trigger to Texas going to the Supreme Court," Phil King said.
The U.S. government decided to support Texas in its claim last year.
"If out of the court should come some draconian method for controlling groundwater use in New Mexico, that would be catastrophic for this area," Phil King said.
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
The last comparable irrigation year was ..., 3 July 2011 [cached]
The last comparable irrigation year was 1964, when 4 acre-inches were allotted, said Phil King, consultant water engineer for EBID. But that season actually lasted longer. This year, the water delivery was compressed into a smaller time frame, to make it more efficient, he said.
King confirmed the season will be the shortest-ever.
Irrigation district officials said a bumper snowmelt runoff that had been expected around the start of 2011 diminished sharply as the year progressed. There was less snow than expected, and much of the snow that was in place evaporated directly into the atmosphere or soaked into the ground before reaching the river, officials said.
In June, the runoff forecast was slated to be about 22 percent of average, King said.
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