New Mexico

April 17, 2014--Ag life a trying endeavor (Durango Herald)

Agriculture is a difficult profession in the best of times, but it’s an even bigger challenge during a drought. That’s one of the many takeaways from Wednesday evening’s panel discussing current and future issues for local agriculture sponsored by the League of Women Voters of La Plata County.

April 3, 2014--Water shortages for New Mexico farmers, fish (Albuquerque Journal)

Much of the snowpack in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is already gone, but it seems to be blowing away in the wind rather than melting into the state’s streams and rivers. That has water managers scrambling to cope with the state’s fourth consecutive very dry year.

March 22, 2014--New Mexico heads into new year of severe drought (Lubbock-Avalanche Journal)

The first two months of 2014 marked the driest start to any year on record for New Mexico, and forecasters with the National Weather Service said Friday that things haven’t improved.

March 21, 2014--Tensions over Rio Grande escalate with drought (Valley Courier)

Tension was high Thursday as top water managers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas gathered to discuss management of the Rio Grande in the face of severe drought and a legal battle that has the potential to leave farmers in the arid region without a much-needed source of water. Members of the Rio

March 8, 2014--Colorado signs on to Rio Grande cutthroat trout conservation agreement (Chaffee County Times)

An updated conservation agreement and strategy plan to protect the Rio Grande cutthroat trout was recently signed by the states of Colorado and New Mexico, three Native American tribes and several federal agencies. The agencies started working on range-wide protection plans for the species in 2003.

March 5, 2014--Decision draws near on last undammed river out West (Aljazeera America)

Thirty years ago, biologist David Propst was fresh out of graduate school when he started working on the Gila River. Tucked into the southwestern corner of New Mexico, the Gila’s headwaters run out of the Mogollon Mountains and flow through southern Arizona and into the Colorado River. Small farms along the way divert irrigation water. But there are no large dams.

February 25, 2014--Water: How long will the Southwest’s acequias survive? (Summit Voice)

The historic communal irrigation systems known as acequias Southwest are in decline as snowmelt dwindles and water priorities shift. Social and economic shifts favoring modernism over tradition, are also factors on the decline, according to a new study from Dartmouth College.

February 23, 2014--E. coli levels in Animas are mixed (Durango Herald)

A study last year found that the level of E. coli bacteria in the Animas River just north of the New Mexico state line met water-quality standards but exceeded them in the New Mexico stretch of the river. E. coli levels in the San Juan River above its confluence with the Animas at Farmington also were above the limit. The E.

February 21, 2014--Water projects get more than $80M from New Mexico legislature (Albuquerque Journal)

After a month of political jockeying over how to fund New Mexico’s water infrastructure needs, the state legislature this week approved more than $80 million worth of water projects in their final capital spending bill. Gov. Susana Martinez had asked legislators to allocate $112 million, but left them frustrated by failing to offer up a list of her preferred projects.

February 10, 2014--With Gila River deadline looming, New Mexico debates its water options (High Country News)

In the Colorado River drainage basin, where states and cities routinely wrestle over limited water, and where a 14-year drought may portend long-term scarcity, new water sources are rare and precious. Thanks to a decade-old settlement, New Mexico has access to just such a resource.

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