Study shows southeast New Mexico water gets scarcer in coming decades

Farmers and ranchers in the Pecos River Basin of southeast New Mexico could be in for hotter temperatures and scarcer water in the coming years, per a recent study by the federal Bureau of Reclamation.

The Bureau released its Pecos River Basin study this week, holding a virtual townhall Wednesday to explain the results of the study that followed multiple possible scenarios for the region as far in the future as 2100.

All five of the models used in the study agreed on one thing: it’s going to get hotter and dryer.

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Dagmar Llewellyn, manager of the study in the Bureau’s Albuquerque Office said the study was intended to predict future conditions along the river and devise strategies to address increasing demand and decreased water supplies.