February 5, 2021 – A below-average snowpack this year foretells another bad year for irrigators along the Rio Grande. Below Elephant Butte reservoir, farmers have been told to expect a zero-allotment year as New Mexico delivers promised water to Texas. In the Middle Rio Grande, growers have already been urged not to plant crops unless absolutely necessary. The Line opinion panel debates state water policy and whether New Mexico leaders have been avoiding hard decisions about water use and climate change that are now unavoidable.
Host: Gene Grant
The Line Opinion Panel:
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group
Sophie Martin, attorney
Ed Perea, attorney and public safety expert