New Mexico Journal of Science, Water Resources Issues in New Mexico
Ortega Klett, C.T.
Approximately 90% of New Mexicans depend on groundwater for their drinking water. About 1.45 million acres are dedicated to irrigated cropland. Of that, about 1 million acres are planted iwth crops and irrigated in any given year. Without a doubt groundwater is the state’s most valuable, long-term natural resource. New Mexico’s social and economic development depends highly on the availability of groundwater.