Rio Grande Project

Rio Grande Project


Elephant Butte Dam and Reservoir, New Mexico

The Rio Grande Project furnishes an irrigation water supply for about 178,000 acres of land in the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico and Texas. The project also supplies electric power for communities and industries in the area. The primary storage reservoir is Elephant Butte Reservoir with a capacity of 2,210,000 acre-feet.


Competing interests among irrigators, cities, states, and nations in the Rio Grande Valley creates
an incredibly complex water supply scenario.

Deere & Ault has provided engineering technical assistance to the Department of Justice and Bureau of Reclamation to resolve water rights and operational issues that have developed as part of a water rights litigation involving the Bureau of Reclamation, State of Colorado, State of New Mexico, State of Texas, International Compact Commission, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, and other water users within the Rio Grande Project.

Deere & Ault’s staff conducted surface water hydrologic investigations, development of an operating plan, analyses of Rio Grande Project yields, analyses of Rio Grande Compact issues, analyses of water quality impacts and negotiations with other parties to assist in the settlement of their water rights litigation.

Deere & Ault is expected to provide expert witness testimony should the ongoing litigation proceed to trial.

Client:  United States Department of Justice

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