New Mexico’s water quality, ecosystems impacted by wildfire

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New Mexico has suffered from devastating wildfires this year, fueled by drought and a dry climate. The wildfires and drought have combined to create a long-term impact on the state’s ecosystems.

When rain comes, water runoff and ashes combine to change the pH levels of the surface water where it collects, making water more acidic. This in turn will have an impact on native fish and could affect drinking water, leading to higher costs in treating water, biologists say.

New Mexico is facing its worst wildfire year in recent history. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that more than 790,000 acres throughout New Mexico have burned so far this year, and there is another month of wildfire season to go.

Current information about the State’s wildfires can be found at NMFireInfo.com.

It will take several years for the ecosystem to return to normal.

 

Deborah

Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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