ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - If you think the Rio Grande looks bad now, wait until you see it a couple of weeks from now.
The reservoirs feeding the river are drying up, and soon the supply will be cut off.
It is more proof New Mexico is stuck in an unrelenting drought with its grip tightening.
From Bernalillo to just south of Albuquerque the river in some spots is wider and deeper than others. Soon, it will have a lot more dry spots. Better take in the view while you can.
"You're going to see a noticeable drop in the river this year," hydrologist David Gensler said. "We just don't have any more water in our reservoirs, so we're going to be running truly natural for the first time in 50 or 60 years."
So, what exactly does that mean?
In short, the Rio Grande will be fed only by run-off and rain. Gensler, working with the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, says the lack of rain and snowpack melt is to blame.
"These are really unprecedented conditions," he continued. "Nobody has probably ever seen it this bad."
The river won't completely dry up, but it will look a lot different and a lot lower starting as early as this weekend.
Rules surrounding the federally protected silvery minnow require water managers to keep a small flow going to protect them.
When it comes to the city's water supply, it means a switch entirely to groundwater.
"By the end of this week, they'll be drinking water taken from wells rather than from the river," David Morris with Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority said. "Some people will notice a difference in the taste."
Metro area farmers will feel the brunt of the damage, but irrigation season isn't over just yet. The conservancy district expects there will be enough water at least for the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, as this drought persists with no sign of letting up, it's a waiting game.
"Pray for rain," Gensler said. "The only thing that can turn this around is precipitation from the sky."
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