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2013-03-26. New Mexico Farmers Seek 'Priority Call' as Drought Persists

posted Mar 28, 2013, 8:49 AM by Lisa Ou
| Felicity Barringer, The NY Times. Relevant to GSS For Climate Change chapter 8. Excerpt: The drought-fueled anger of southeastern New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers is boiling, and there is nowhere near enough water in the desiccated Pecos River to cool it down. Roswell, about 75 miles to the north, has somewhat more water available and so is the focus of intense resentment here...For decades, the regional status quo meant the northerners pumped groundwater and the southerners piped surface water. Now, amid the worst drought on record, some in Carlsbad say they must upend the status quo to survive. They want to make what is known as a priority call on the Pecos River.... See full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/us/new-mexico-farmers-push-to-be-made-a-priority-in-drought.html