Perhaps we shouldn’t call it drought?

One of the briefs (pdf) in the voluminous filings in the water rights adjudication on the Lower Rio Grande makes this fascinating assertion regarding water for irrigation in southern New Mexico:

The irrigators find themselves in a constant state of drought as compared to the demands of their crops.

Perhaps, then, the word “drought” is not quite right? Perhaps the word we’re looking for is “normal”?


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