This spring, every part of New Mexico is suffering from drought, much of it extreme. Over 120 miles of the Rio Grande are projected to dry before the summer ends, leaving fish populations high and dry. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court recently held hearings in a lawsuit Texas filed claiming that New Mexico has used more than our share of the water in the lower Rio Grande.
To effectively address this mounting water crisis, New Mexico must increase its use of a powerful water management tool, the Strategic Water Reserve.
The Strategic Water Reserve was created in 2005 and consists of a pool of publicly held water rights, acquired by lease, purchase and donation. This water remains in New Mexico’s rivers to help protect endangered species and fulfill our water delivery obligations to other states.