You folks have already seen most of this, but for readers of what we call “the print product”, I pulled together today some of my thoughts about the draining of Lake Mead and its implications for New Mexico. I did this (perhaps not coincidentally) as I’ve been pulling together some thoughts to speak tonight at a meeting of the Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly’s executive committee about some of the threads between Colorado River issues and New Mexico.
Here’s the new bit (sub/ad req):
[T]he system is reaching a breaking point. If the lake’s surface drops another 7-plus feet, Arizona and Nevada will begin to see their water curtailed.
How the shortage might affect New Mexico’s share is uncertain. For the next few years, Mead’s troubles are more of a problem for Lower Basin states than they are for us.
But Jennifer Pitt of the Environmental Defense Fund pointed out during a congressional hearing in April that the states in the Colorado’s Upper Basin, including New Mexico, have not sorted out who gets what in the event the shortages get so bad the Lower Basin states issue a demand that we send them more water.