Water at Midbar Ranch
There are 4 wells on the ranch, all in the Upper Animas Basin with submersible pumps working off the power grid. New wells can be drilled close to the power grid in the Cloverdale Basin without a special permit since the basin is undeclared. There is also an approved application to drill a supplemental well for irrigation in one of the deeded pastures.
There are approximately 19 miles of underground pipeline connecting troughs and storages throughout the ranch – see Working Ranch.
One large reservoir is filled by an oversize pump. There are 12 man-made stock ponds on the deeded land and 15 dams and stock ponds on the forest allotment. Most of these catch water every year. All wells and stock ponds are recorded under the ranch name with the New Mexico State Engineer.
The Foster Draw and the Clanton Draw run through the ranch and, together with numerous tributaries, also supply water, mostly in the winter.