New Mexico to get hotter and drier in next 50 years

Drought in New Mexico was expected to only worsen in the next half century, as temperatures rise and water resources are stressed. 

State researchers pointed to climate change as having a long-term devastating impact on the state’s water resources from the snow packs of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the north, south to the streams of the Lower Pecos River.

The Interstate Stream Commission, as part of its 50-year water plan, studied the impacts of climate change on New Mexico’s waters in hopes of devising guidance on how to manage water for the future.

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The state’s initial findings were presented Wednesday during a public meeting and policy recommendations and deeper research were forthcoming, said Rolph Schmidt-Petersen, director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.