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[cdt-l] Fw: Water concerns in NM

Expect the water to be hard to come by. Even Elephant Butte Reservoir
(Truth of Consequences, NM, the largest in NM) is sitting at 17% of its
capacity. It's the driest since the drought of the 1950's. Farmers are
pumping the aquifers to keep their crops going. Expect some windmills
to go dry and dust storms this spring.

Joel Gilbert

On Sunday, January 26, 2003, at 05:19 PM, Brett Tucker wrote:

> Let me reword my question for brevity:
> Hey CDT hikers! How's the water situation in New Mexico? Any big
> surprises,
> good or bad, compared with the various guidebooks' assurances and
> predictions?
> Thanks,
> - blister(free)
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Brett Tucker <blisterfree@earthlink.net>
> To: Continental Divide Trail <cdt-l@mailman.backcountry.net>
> Sent: Friday, January 24, 2003 7:26 PM
> Subject: Water concerns in NM
>> I wonder if anyone with recent experience walking the CDT in southern
>> New
>> Mexico during springtime, and who has followed all or most of Jim
>> Wolf's
>> route, could comment on water conditions vis a vis the guidebook's
> estimates
>> of what to expect in an "average" year. For instance, in reading the
>> guide
>> data for the stretch between the border at Palomas and the "end" of
>> the
>> desert in the Mimbres Mtns, I get the impression that wells, tanks,
>> windmills, and the occasional developed source, should actually keep
>> the
>> waterless stretches quite manageable (under 15 miles, on average).
>> What
> was
>> the most water you carried at a time in New Mexico? Did you need to
>> carry
> so
>> much? What was the longest waterless stretch?
>> Muchos gracias,
>> - blisterfree
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