Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Desert Dwellers Can Respond to Drought.(Final)(Editorial)


The last 25 years of the 20th century, a period of high growth in New Mexico and the Southwest, was also a period of above-average precipitation.

Many newcomers, especially those transplanted from moister climes, came to regard those wet years as normal. For that matter, some old-timers with short attention spans may have gotten used to it.

With those years as a benchmark, it is hard not to see the inevitable downside of the cycle as a disaster, particularly against a backdrop of conflicts spawned by the dwindling resource.

It is not a disaster, but a recurring reality. And though acclimation to drought may not be as easy as becoming accustomed to the rainy years, desert dwellers can adjust. …

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