The rio’s importance

Jun 17th, 2014


Mike Beckett, Chair of the Board Greater Las Cruces Chamber of CommerceOne of the natural features of the Mesilla Valley that has always made me feel grounded is our river.

Whenever it runs dry, something is missing, something is lost. I drive over the bridge on Picacho Avenue every day, and there isn’t a day that I am not brimming with anticipation to see the Rio Grande run again.

In the last few days of this month, we will again see it flow, although only
briefly. This region was settled because of our river, and it is still the life spring of our community. It brings the agriculture that has supported generations of families that have often struggled through droughts and hard times, but through hard work and perseverance they have established themselves enough to build this community.

Their commitment to our beloved Mesilla Valley through civic involvement and donated money has made this a better place to live and do business. We at the Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce are here to listen to and help support our farmers in this time of drought and hardship, a time of 6-inch water allotment instead of 6 acre-feet that has been allotted in better times.

We appreciate the commitment continually shown to this community in spite of the obvious challenges.


Mike Beckett, Chair of the Board Greater Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce