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Feds roll out good news on New Mexico water front

Posted April 13

— Federal water managers say snowpack in the mountains that feed the Rio Chama and Rio Grande were above average this winter, meaning water users downstream in New Mexico can expect a full allotment this year.

The Bureau of Reclamation outlined its expectations for water supplies and management along the river system that flows through some of the state's most populated areas during a meeting Thursday in Albuquerque.

The forecast is based on snowpack, soil moisture and climate predictions, but officials acknowledged it's still a best-guess and that things can change.

Bureau hydrologist Ed Kandl says this year looks to be the best in terms of water availability since 2008.

Snowpack in the Sangre del Cristos and other spots further south are below average thanks in part to a warm March.

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