ABIQUIÚ, N.M. (WR) — A newly handed U.S. Home invoice might enable Abiquiú Lake to retailer a higher quantity of water from a wider vary of sources.

The Santa Fe New Mexican studies a provision in a water assets growth invoice would improve the northern New Mexico reservoir’s storage capability by 30,000 acre-feet. That may elevate the lake’s permissible water stage by roughly 10 ft (three meters).

The reservoir now could be permitted to retailer solely what’s often called San Juan-Chama water, which originates within the Colorado River. That water is diverted via tunnels throughout the Continental Divide after which carried alongside the Chama River via the Heron and El Vado dam methods on its strategy to Abiquiú.

This reservoir isn’t allowed to carry “native water” that originates within the Rio Grande Basin as rain and melting snow that drains into the Chama River.

The U.S. Senate has its personal water assets invoice. Representatives from each chambers should sit down and hammer out a model.