Upper Valley Pond Devastated by Drought

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 - 11:31pm

EL PASO - Drought conditions have dried up a lake in El Paso's Upper Valley killing hundreds of fish and other wildlife in the area.

Estancia Lake near Doniphan Drive and Mulberry Avenue has been completely devastated from the high temperatures and lack of rain.

"We've seen it dry up before, but not this rapidly and this drastically," said area resident Kristi Zacour.

Last year the water levels at the lake dropped but not like they are now. All that remains of the once thriving man-made lake are small puddles littered with dead fish and waterfowl.

Drought conditions have also delayed the irrigation season. The lake depends on water coming in from irrigation ditches twice a year.

"There's enough rainfall throughout the year that in the low season before irrigation starts again, there is still water at the lake," Zacour said.

The lake does have a well but it collapsed some time ago because it was never used.

For Zacour it's hard to see the lake in such terrible conditions. Seven years ago when she and her family moved into the neighborhood they became acquainted with a gander. The gander died a few days ago.

"I had to break it to my 11-year-old daughter and she cried," Zacour said.

Zacour has been in touch with the water district in hopes of getting water before their scheduled date. They aren't scheduled to receive water for a couple more weeks.

Zacour said getting water early is the fastest solution to saving whatever wildlife is left in the area.

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