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Drought in New Mexico

Frequently Asked Questions

What is drought?

Drought can be defined as a long period of below-average precipitation. New Mexico is an extremely arid state, and as such is prone to water short periods. Drought impacts sectors such as ranching and farming, forest health, wildlife, and public water supply, and can be intensified by increased water demands due to population growth.

How does New Mexico monitor drought?

New Mexico has Drought Monitoring Work Group chaired by the State Climatologist that meets monthly to discuss current drought conditions.  Results from these meetings are posted on the Governor’s Drought Task Force website.            

Why plan for drought?

Drought planning provides information for use by the various affected sectors – this can range from drought response plans to changes in farm management practices to public water suppliers leak reduction programs.  For drought planning information visit the National Drought Mitigation Center’s website.

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