Drought on the Rio Grande

  • 5 October 2012
Drought on the Rio Grande


On the Rio Grande—historically the wellspring for more than five million people in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Mexico—coping with scarcity has become a reality, and water management and use in the region may be a leading example of how to adapt to drier times. 
A recent article on NOAA Climate.gov highlights the challenges of ensuring water supplies on the Rio Grande in a changing climate, and features work by researchers funded by the NOAA Climate Program Office (CPO). Written by Zack Guido of the Climate Assessment for the Southwest (one of NOAA's eleven Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments programs), the article and accompanying video feature is part one in a series exploring the impacts of the current drought on water management and agriculture in New Mexico's Lower Rio Grande Valley.





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