Rio Grande River

October 1, 2016--Native Americans and conservationists collaborate to return vital flow to the Rio Grande (Water Currents)

The first time I saw the channel of the Rio Grande completely dry, I was stunned. Here was the second largest river in the Southwest, which flows through three U.S. states and Mexico, and instead of water between its banks there were tire tracks. And I wasn’t standing at the tail end of the river, but rather on a bridge in central New Mexico, in the Rio Grande’s middle reach.


January 6, 2016--Is the Rio Grande headed for “permanent drought”? (New Mexico In-Depth)

In the mad rush to get a jump on holiday vacation, readers probably missed the release of an important paper on water and climate change in the West. But don’t worry.


February 1, 2015--Water managers bracing for another dry year in NM (Albuquerque Journal)

For the fourth consecutive year, New Mexico water users are watching a skimpy snowpack in the state’s northern mountains and worrying about how much water they will have this spring and summer. On the state’s largest rivers – the Pecos, the Rio Grande and the San Juan – the thin covering of mountain snow means less water in early forecasts.


January 13, 2015--Rio Grande now largest source of ABQ water (Albuquerque Journal)

Albuquerque’s effort to wean itself from unsustainable groundwater pumping took a major step forward in 2014, with Rio Grande water for the first time in history meeting more than half the needs of the metro area’s largest water utility.


December 26, 2014--Drought, population pressures cause Rio Grande basin groundwater drop (Albuquerque First)

The Upper Rio Grande Basin has been struggling with drought for most of the past decade, forcing cities and farmers from southern Colorado to Texas' Hudspeth County to pump water from the ground to make up for the lack of snow and rain, according to an Associated Press report in the Santa Fe New Mexican


December 24, 2014--US says Mexico not living up to treaty to share water in times of drought (CCTV)

A water treaty signed between the U.S. and Mexico nearly 70 years ago calls for both countries to help each other by sharing in times of water surplus and shortage, but U.S. officials said Mexico isn’t holding up its side of the bargain.


July 24, 2014--Colorado official: Rio Grande use appropriate (The Pueblo Chieftain)

For more than four decades, Colorado has followed the letter of the law that dictates how flows on the Rio Grande are divvied up with downstream neighbors New Mexico and Texas. But a New Mexico environmental group concerned with the survival of an endangered fish says that is not enough.


June 10, 2014--Farmers cope with drought as Texas-New Mexico fight over Rio Grande water (KHOU Houston)

As the drought drags on in the southwest and Texas moves forward with a lawsuit against New Mexico over Rio Grande water, farmers face another difficult irrigation season.  “It’s pretty tough to try to farm with just a little river water,” said Keith Deputy, a 3rd generation farmer. The depleted Rio Grande is at the center of the lawsuit. The U.S.


May 12, 2014--Restoring the Rio Grande River: Needed, but no easy task (Fence Post)

Taking on a river project such as the Rio Grande is challenging and capital-consuming. However, these projects are vitally important to hundreds of different stakeholders in the San Luis Valley. The Rio Grand Headwaters Restoration Project was formed to implement the 2001 study that was performed to improve the river.


May 10, 2014--Water release aims to help silvery minnow (Santa Fe New Mexican)

When nature fails to provide, faking it might be the next best option. Water managers and biologists have come up with a plan they think will trick the endangered Rio Grande silvery minnow into spawning this spring. They started releasing extra water into the Rio Grande this week in an effort to mimic spring runoff.


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