From InkStain (John Fleck):
The final forecast numbers put this year’s runoff at just 18 percent of the long term average. The flow right now at Embudo, as the Rio Grande is entering New Mexico’s populous middle valleys, is the second lowest it’s ever been at this time of year. Records there go back to 1889 – the oldest USGS gauge in the nation.
It’s not clear yet whether we’ll have complete drying through the Albuquerque reach, but it’s a possibility. The last time that happened – a zero cfs reading at the Central Avenue gauge – was 1977. The last time we’ve been under 30 cfs – which is still a trickle, but for all practical purposes is dry – was 1983.
From KOB.com (Eddie Garcia):
“Once the water for the farmers runs out, the river will just dry up and that could come as soon as July,” Fleck said.
So far, Fleck says, it’s the second-worst year on record for the once-mighty river.
“Unprecedented in many, many decades – certainly in the lifetime of most of the people who live in Albuquerque today – to see a dry Rio Grande through the middle of this town,” he said.
Some areas have already dried up, like a section near Bosque del Apache in Socorro County. That’s why Fleck says, it’s more important than ever to conserve water.