Increasing pressures on Colorado River water in New Mexico
Colorado River tributaries in New Mexico bring water to the alfalfa fields in the Four Corners and the forested hills of the Gila wilderness in the southwestern part of the state. But Colorado River and reservoir management was designed during a much wetter period. And now, water officials are grappling with how to make do with less. State Engineer Mike Hamman, New Mexico’s top water manager, said the state “really feels the shortages” because it doesn’t have the big reservoirs of other states in the Colorado River Basin. … Nevada, Arizona and Mexico will all receive less water from the Colorado River next year because of rapidly-declining reservoirs, the Interior Department announced on Aug. 16.
- The Associated Press: State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights
- The Associated Press: Nevada looks to conservation as the Colorado River dwindles
- Cronkite News: ‘It’s getting close’: As the megadrought grinds on, Arizona working to meet water demands
- Colorado Sun: Farming, water and Wall Street on Colorado’s Western Slope
- Western Farm Press: Desert farmers float plan to boost Colorado River
- Sentinel: Editorial - No drought about it, Colorado must reinvent water use, weather or not