How healthy is the Upper Rio Grande? | Stories


The Upper Rio Grande is a portion of the river stretching from the headwaters in Colorado, through New Mexico, to Fort Quitman, Texas. This waterway is critical for the farming communities and natural ecosystems that surround it.

But despite its importance, the Rio Grande is at risk.

Water overuse, infrastructure, changes in the amount of rainfall, increased temperatures, and the climate crisis are decreasing the amount of water that has historically flowed consistently in the Rio Grande. These changes are impacting the health of the basin. For example, unique species like the silvery minnow, once the most abundant minnow species in the Rio Grande, lost 90% of its historical distribution, and now only live in only a 150-mile-long stretch in Central New Mexico.

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