New Mexico Gov. Susana Martines and Chihuahua Gov. Cesar Duarte chat during a visit Martinez paid to Chihuahua city in November. The two governors now are struggling with an ongoing drought in the region. (Rio Grande Digital file photo)
For the second year in a row, residents of New Mexico and neighboring Chihuahua, Mexico, find themselves in the throes of severe drought. On May 15, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez issued an emergency drought declaration, citing in part a forecast from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center that warned of persistent or intensified drought in the state.
As an example of deepening water woes, Martinez noted the water shortage in the northern town of Las Vegas. Martinez’s office stated that 2011 was the second driest year ever recorded in New Mexico.