CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) - Farmers in the Carlsbad Irrigation District unanimously approved a priority call Tuesday in their effort to force more water their way.
Dudley Jones of the CID says farmers were allotted just 0.3 acre feet of water this irrigation season. They traditionally get 2.8 acre feet.
"We've dealt with this situation in 2011, 2012 and now 2013, and so we had to do something." said Jones
The water they are seeking would have to come from farmers upstream in the Pecos River Valley. They say they are struggling with water themselves.
"To say it would be disastrous would be an understatement." says Aaron Balok of the Pecos Valley Conservancy District
Balok says the area is dealing with the worse drought in more than 100 years.
While he says he understands the desperation of the farmers downstream from them, he doesn't believe cutting off water to their area will help them.
Balok says many farmers in his area operate using underground wells. He doesn't believe that affects the water flow of the river, which is the water the farmers in the Carlsbad area are seeking.
The issue will now need to be addressed by the state engineer. That decision is not expected to be made quickly.
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