WET WEATHER REQUIRES REDUCTION OF LAKE ROBERTS WATER LEVEL
SILVER CITY, N.M. — The Department of Game and Fish is reducing the level of Lake Roberts in southwestern New Mexico to prevent water from going over the spillway and to comply with recommendations from the Office of the State Engineer, the Department announced Thursday. Heavy rains and snowfall in the Silver City area during the last few weeks have resulted in flood warnings and increased water levels in Lake Roberts. The Office of the State Engineer has recommended that the lake level be monitored closely and that water not be allowed to spill over the dam for extended periods of time. Coincidentally, Game and Fish is requesting money from the State Legislature during this session to make significant engineering changes to the spillway structure to further bring operation of the dam into compliance with instructions provided by the State Engineer. Reduction of the lake level will begin this weekend and is not expected to significantly reduce the availability of recreation at Lake Roberts.
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