To be honest, one thing that concerns me a bit about moving to a desert locale is, well, the general lack of water. I hear the predictions about how Albuquerque has something like 40 years of water left for it's residents, but I'm optimistic that through conservation, education and better technology many of the water problems can be minimized. That's obviously not going to happen overnight, and that's why I find stories like this alarming... No mention in the local ABQ news that I saw.
Draining New Mexico
by Arthur Versluis at Counterpunch.org
"It began with a non-descript legal notice in the local paper, the kind of thing most people don't ever really look at. The notice said that in Catron County, New Mexico, Augustin Plains Ranch LLC intends to drill thirty-seven twenty-inch water wells, down to a depth of 2,000 feet, to withdraw 54,000 acre-feet of water a year from the high desert aquifer. In case you're not up on how much water that is: an acre-foot is 325,851 gallons, so the proposal is to pump out over 17.5 billion gallons of water a year from these wells in the high desert country of New Mexico."
Arthur Versuis responds:
". . . the project would pump out billions of gallons of ancient underground water and dump them into the shallows of the Rio Grande - until when? Until the aquifer is depleted? The whole profligate project is the very epitome of squanderville, so absurdly anti-conservationist that one can scarcely believe it has been proposed, let alone seriously considered."
I don't live in Albuquerque yet, so I can't claim to have a finger on the pulse of what's on people's lips or the important issues to local communities. I have to imagine that this is something that almost everyone in New Mexico would want to know about and ultimately have some say in how their water resources are used.© Image USGS