Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

$1.8 Million Pledged To Aid Butte.(Final)

Byline: Kate Nash Journal Capitol Bureau

* Governor says state will give money for fish hatchery, sewage treatment plant

SANTA FE Gov. Bill Richardson said the state will provide nearly $2 million for efforts he says will help communities around water-hungry Elephant Butte Reservoir.

"I am committed ... to making sure Elephant Butte gets the state help it needs," Richardson said Friday.

The money won't put more water in the lake, which is already at its lowest level in 30 years, but the mayors of Elephant Butte and Truth or Consequences said after a meeting with Richardson on Friday that they are pleased with his offer.

"I didn't expect that, and I was pleasantly surprised," said Elephant Butte Mayor Bob Barnes. …

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