Some area Upper Valley farmers liked what they heard Thursday. Jesus "Chuy" Reyes, general manager of the El Paso County Water Improvement District, told the group that more dirt canals will be covered with concrete this fall and winter. Reyes said this will help conserve water, keep maintenance costs way down and help improve water flow to area farmers.
Reyes also told the group that 190,000 acre feet of water not used up this past irrigation season will be allocated for next year. If we get another good snow pack in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico this winter, it could be another great year for irrigating.