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ELEPHANT BUTTE IRRIGATION DISTRICT

EBID shares history, advocacy during AG Day

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Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID) shared its more than 100 years of history with visitors to its booth during the New Mexico State University’s AG Day celebration at NMSU.

It also provided information and displays highlighting the work of longtime EBID Manager Gary Esslinger in “directing the supply of surface water to over 90,640 acres irrigated by farmers across the district,” EBID said in a news release.

Esslinger and Doña Ana County Flood Commission Director John Gwynne are “intensely aware of the need to educate and train tomorrow’s leaders, legislators, farmers and water managers in all aspects of water stewardship, from the watersheds down to the groundwater aquifers,” the news release said.

EBID’s space at AG Day also included EBID’s custom-designed water trailer, which EBID described as “a moving diorama, illustrating the water cycle that begins with rain clouds and includes watersheds, the Rio Grande and the aquifers enriching habitat as well as making agriculture possible.”

“Today’s consumer access to supercenter grocery stores and food shipped from all over the world has removed us from the sense of immediacy and even awareness that surrounds local agricultural resources,” the news release said. “We ignore the importance of ‘local’ to our detriment.  AG Days and the friendly folks manning the booths aimed to help with that.”

Call EBID at 575-526-6671. Visit www.ebid-nm.org and find EBID on Facebook.

To register for future watershed forum events, visit https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservation-program/.