Dry river hurts Rio Grande Silvery Minnow

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — For the first time in four decades, America’s fifth-longest river went dry in Albuquerque last week. Despite summer storms making the river wet again, experts warn the drying this far north is a sign of an increasingly fragile water supply. Current conservation measures may not be enough to save the endangered Rio Grande Silvery Minnow, and still provide water to nearby farms, backyards and parks.
New Mexico has been unable to store extra water because of a downstream debt it owes Texas as part of a compact.
Deep into the driest period the West has seen in 1,200 years, the river wasn’t replenished by rainstorms that came in June. The Associated Press reports that the minnow inhabits only about 7% of its historic range.