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While areas of Eddy County received heavy amounts of snowfall last week, the accumulated moisture was not enough to make a dent in the severe to exceptional drought conditions the County has been suffering through.

The county received around 1.25 inches of accumulated moisture in the past 30 days, enough to permeate about 8 inches of soil which is good for shallow rooted grasses but has little to no impact on shallow water wells.

According to Don Alam, retired conservationist with the Penasco Soil and Water conservation District, “We need a lot more moisture to break the drought. Lots, lots more. To really help we need at least 2 to 4 more inches of rain that goes into the soil.” … For the rest of the story, subscribe in print and on the web.

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