New Mexico Journal of Science, Water Resources Issues in New Mexico


Miscellaneous Report

Date published

November 1998


Herrera, E.A.

Bahr, T.G.

Ortega Klett, C.T.

Creel, B.J.


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.

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