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Our Land: It’s not just one dry year: What the Rio Grande’s low flows tell us about the future

Our Land

April 13, 2018 – You might be surprised to see how low the Rio Grande is through Albuquerque right now. The river has already dried for more than ten miles south of Socorro, and it’s running low in northern New Mexico as it runs through the Taos Gorge and alongside towns like Pilar.

But scientists aren’t necessarily surprised. Many have been researching how climate change will affect both surface and ground water supplies in the southwestern United States. In a new paper from University of New Mexico graduate Shaleene Chavarria and UNM’s Earth and Planetary Sciences Professor David Gutzler, the two show how warming is affecting snowpack and streamflows.

New Mexico in Focus has been covering record-low snowpack this year on Our Land, our monthly environmental series on environmental issues.  And this week we look at what’s happening now that snowmelt is not refilling the river—and what new research tells us about where we are headed.

Keep up with our coverage on the Our Land Facebook page.

Our Land: Bosque del Apache

Bosque del Apache

January 12, 2018 – This month on “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” we visit Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro.

Many people visit the refuge during the winter months to get an up-close look at the tens of thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and ducks that migrate to the Middle Rio Grande each year. But the refuge also hosts all kinds of other wildlife, including raptors, song birds, elk, deer, javelina, bobcats and mountain lions.

Supporting all that wildlife, as well as the thousands of visitors who come to the refuge each year, means staffers and volunteers have their work cut out for them throughout the year. As refuge manager Kevin Cobble helped us understand, there are crops to grow and water to move around. And even more sights to see!

For more information:

Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge’s Facebook page

Friends of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge