As the West gets hotter and water is more scarce, generating electricity will become more difficult. Along with hydropower, many power plants using fossil fuels also require water, an issue in a severe drought.
There is a growing demand for locally grown food in New Mexico, but farmers here are getting older. The average age is 65. However, there are programs that aim to inspire and train up-and-coming young farmers.
Living in the desert in the midst of an extended drought can lead people to change their decision-making process. For a lot of people who live in the Valley, that has meant turning to desert landscaping around their homes and using xeriscape techniques to conserve water.
The Mexican gray wolf recovery program has been controversial since its inception. And Its not just political opposition causing issues. A lack of genetic diversity and inbreeding also pose a major threat to the endangered species’ recovery.