Endangered New Mexico Rivers

Albuquerque, NM (KKOB) — American Rivers, a national nonprofit organization concerned with conservation and advocacy on behalf of the country’s rivers, has released its annual report listing the country’s top 10 endangered rivers for the year. It cited that there are 108,000 miles of river in New Mexico, all of which were deemed the most endangered in the country. Recent rollbacks in national streams and wetlands protections placing up to 95% of the state’s rivers in jeopardy. New Mexico’s surface water is at a high risk due to the state’s arid climate, and reliance on dwindling waters for drinking, agriculture and recreation. New Mexico is one of three states, including New Hampshire and Massachusetts, without a state-based surface water quality permitting program.