SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TO ISSUE TRESPASSING CITATIONS NEAR MESILLA DAM

SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES TO ISSUE TRESPASSING CITATIONS NEAR MESILLA DAM

The Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department has ended an educational period and will now begin enforcing no-trespass restrictions at a large area of land west of the Rio Grandé and north of the Mesilla Dam.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the New Mexico Parks Department have taken over ownership of the land formerly owned by the federal Bureau of Land Management. A bosque park is being developed in the area, and the entire tract of land is now closed to all vehicular traffic, including ATVs and motorcycles.

The restrictions include all land from the Mesilla Dam north to N.M. 359 and ranging west from the river levee approximately one mile to the top of the mesa. No-trespassing signs have been posted.

Non-residential traffic across the Mesilla Dam is strongly discouraged, and fishing is no longer allowed within 300 yards of the dam structure on either side.

Trespassers will be cited and subject to arrest. Fines for trespassing can be as high as $500 and/or up to 364 days in jail. For more information on the enforcement initiative, contact the Doña Ana County Sheriff's Department at (575) 525-1911.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.