Albuquerque’s unique water issues

By Lindsay Douglas and Pol Nikulin

The city of Albuquerque faces water issues that are specific to its desert climate. The landlocked state relies on aquifers to sustain the water supply. However, some argue that the aquifer is diminishing because of cyclical drought in the area. The are now facing the challenge of recharging the aquifer and finding alternate means for supplying the city with water.

Bruce Thomson, Director of the Water Resources program at the University of New Mexico, and Lesile Weinstock, the leader of the Auqa Es Vida Action Team sat down with us to discuss the aquifer issues in Albuquerque. There was a public workshop on January 10th, 2012, that was used as a learning tool for those unaware of the water issues. This is a preview for the event.