Pecos water levels to rise

Federal officials anticipate water levels on the Pecos River rising over the next few days.

The Bureau of Reclamation keeps moving water downstream for farmers participating in the Carlsbad Irrigation District.

The release from Santa Rosa Reservoir has already started. The Sumner Reservoir releases water once the water from Santa Rosa arrives.

Water managers intend to increase the release from 100 cubic feet per second to 1,500 cfs. The release may last a week.

Managers estimate 21,000 acre-feet of water moving from Santa Rosa and Sumner to Brantley Reservoir north of Carlsbad. An acre-foot covers a household or two for a year.