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Southwest Water Resources: Drought Information


Published by the Drought Mitigation Center. Current maps can be found at their website.

State Resources

The New Mexico State Documents collection contains publications about water issues from 

  • New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute 
  • New Mexico State University 
  • the New Mexico Water Conference proceedings

Below you will find an example of the type of information these institutions produce.

Possible search terms for this subject area:

 Drought, Climate Change, Hydrology,


There are also many online resources produced by New Mexico agencies that deal with drought in New Mexico.


NM Office of the State Engineer - Drought Information

The Office of the State Engineer plans for drought year-round and we are dedicated to ensuring all New Mexicans have access to water. Everyone can play a part in conserving this precious resource because in a drought, every drop counts. ~~ Tom Blaine P.E., New Mexico State Engineer.

Some resources found here include; Snowpack Data, Fire Info, Drought FAQs, and Drought and Your Well, just to name a few. 


New Mexico Governor's Drought Task Force

The Drought Task Force is chaired by the State Engineer and includes experts in water, the environment, wildfires, New Mexico recreation, agriculture and health. The current drought has impacted all New Mexicans. This web page provides information across many sectors of our state.


National Resources 

(NIDIS)National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was formed under an interagency mandate to coordinate and integrate drought research and to create a national drought early warning information system (DEWS).

A Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) utilizes new and existing partner networks to optimize the expertise of a wide range of federal, tribal, state, local and academic partners in order to make climate and drought science readily available, easily understandable and usable for decision makers; and to improve the capacity of stakeholders to better monitor, forecast, plan for and cope with the impacts of drought.

NOAA provides a U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook in it's Climate Prediction Center. The outlook is updated about once amonth and can help you get a sense of what lies ahead. 


Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS)

The Climate Assessment for the Southwest (CLIMAS) program was established in 1998 as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments program. CLIMAS —housed at the University of Arizona's (UA) Institute of the Environment—is a collaboration between UA and New Mexico State University. The CLIMAS team is made up of experts from a variety of social, physical, and natural sciences who all work with partners across the Southwest to develop sustainable answers to regional climate challenges. Many of the resources found on their website are extremely useful. Two in particular are the CLIMAS Publications Database and the PDF Archive of the monthly SW Climate Outlook.

 United States Drought Monitor

To find a current drought map visit the United States Drought Monitor. These weekly maps are a  result of the collaboration  between NOAA, the US Department of Agriculture, and  The National Drought Migration Center at the University of  Nebraska-Lincoln. You can view a map of the entire United States, select a region, or select a specific state to look at. New maps are released every Thursday at 8:30am EDT. 

From Our Southwest Collection