Scientists, policy experts to talk water at annual meeting

TAOS, N.M. (AP) – Scientists, policy experts and others will be gathering in northern New Mexico this week to talk about limited water resources and resulting management challenges.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is putting on its annual water conference in Taos. The two-day event begins Wednesday.

The conference will include a tour that highlights the connection between traditional irrigation systems, or acequias, and an area’s hydrology and local community.

Other topics include the latest drought research, land grants, the future of ski areas and watershed restoration priorities.

Despite some relief from the drought this summer, officials say New Mexico is still dealing with the effects of prolonged dry conditions and that means water supplies will continue to be squeezed.

According to the latest map, two-fifths of the state remains abnormally dry.

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