New Mexico’s water analysis predicts worsening climate change impacts

Climate change could lead to worsening water scarcity in New Mexico and state officials hope they can plan for hotter and dryer decades.

Earlier this month, state officials led by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources and Interstate Stream Commission published a draft analysis as part of its 50-year water plan, aiming to identify impacts on water supplies in the state and strategies to conserve and maintain resources.

Along with the release of the draft Sept. 16, the State opened a public comment period to solicit feedback from the public on the report with Oct. 15 the deadline for submitted comments.

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The report compiled existing research on the future impacts of New Mexico’s changing climate on its water resources, intended to provide a basis for future water planning by agencies across the state.