Water Can Be Wrung Out Too Much

The Durango Herald has published “Water can be wrung out too much” by Denise Fort, professor emerita at the University of New Mexico School of Law, addressing Santa Fe, New Mexico’s growing demand for water and potential reuse thereof.

Santa Fe once was sustained by the waters of the Santa Fe River, which begins in the high country of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, flows through the city and then onward to the Rio Grande.

But when Western cities grow, they look everywhere for more water, with little regard for the rivers they drain. As the city’s population grew, Santa Fe turned to its groundwater. Later, New Mexico reached across the desert to take water from the Colorado River and deliver it to Santa Fe, Albuquerque and other beneficiaries on the Rio Grande.

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