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Record amount of water flowing through Rio Grande

Eddie Garcia
October 11, 2017 06:31 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- You can't ask for a better backdrop for this year's Balloon Fiesta, especially when viewed against the gorgeous Rio Grande. If the river is looking even more beautiful lately, there's a reason for that.

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"One of the biggest flows that we've had in October on record, we have records here at Albuquerque going back 70 years," said John Fleck, director of the UNM Water Resources Program.

It's all thanks to last week’s ample rain up north. The river is flowing about 3 feet higher than normal, already breaking October records.

It's nice to look at for sure, but it's even better for the ecosystem.

"This pulse of the water has been great for the trees," Fleck said. "It's been great for the endangered species the silvery minnow that lives in the river and it's also been great for the humans that use the water."

However, Fleck said this abundant water may be short-lived.

"The climate of the 21st century has been unusually dry," he said. "It's been warm."

In the meantime, New Mexico continues to benefit.

"The water that we saw from the storms last week is arriving at Elephant Butte reservoir right now and lifting it considerably," Fleck said.

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