By Associated Press - Thursday, February 13, 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Scientists and experts in New Mexico will share more than $441,000 in federal grant funding to develop tools that can be used to better inform water management decisions in the arid state.

The funding from the Bureau of Reclamation will benefit the Interstate Stream Commission and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

New Mexico Tech will use its share to continue developing a data delivery service, with a goal of water-related data being more accessible and easier to use. As part of the project, a pilot water-data decision support toolset will be created and linked to a statewide data service to enhance short- and long-term management for irrigation, river flow for endangered species and interstate water delivery requirements.

The Interstate Stream Commission will use its share to explore new modeling approaches in hopes of developing better long-range forecasting and streamflow projection tools for the Rio Grande. Under an international compact, New Mexico shares the river with Colorado, Texas and Mexico.

Officials said improved forecasting will help as increased temperatures and population growth in the Rio Grande basin have led to less predictable streamflows and increased demands throughout the basin.

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