NM grapples with tough choices as drought persists

HATCH, N.M. (AP) — In southern New Mexico, the Rio Grande has gone dry. It’s been reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county.

Across the state’s eastern plains, wells stand empty and ranchers are selling cattle. In the north, urbanites face watering restrictions while rural residents see the levels of their springs dropping.

Going on three years, drought has had a hold on nearly all of New Mexico. Now, with forecasts predicting little relief ahead, farmers and small and large communities are questioning whether dwindling supplies can be stretched enough to avoid costly fights over water.

From the chile fields and pecan orchards of the Hatch and Mesilla valleys to Albuquerque, Santa Fe and beyond, New Mexicans are facing tough choices and dire consequences.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s