Forum focuses on water planning for Rio Grande

Leaders gather for day 2 of water town hall

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) – The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly wants to hear from residents as work gets underway to update the region’s water plan.

The assembly is hosting a public forum Saturday in Albuquerque.

In the decade since the first water plan was adopted, significant conservation efforts have been undertaken to reduce water use in the Middle Rio Grande. Still, increased population and drought suggest future water supplies could fall short for people and the environment.

The assembly has asked hydrologists and engineers to look at water use and renewable supplies between 1998 and 2013. The forum is designed to start the conversation on how best to respond to what has happened in the high desert over the last 15 years.

New Mexico is in its fourth year of severe drought.

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