Now that the weather is colder, curl up with a book and learn more about our global and local water resources.

Here are a few of my favorites to get you started. If you’ve got a water book to recommend for future newsletters, please email me at

For a thought-provoking read about the effect of rising sea levels throughout the world, pick up The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities And The Remaking Of The Civilized World by Jeff Goddell. He uses a blend of science and first-person accounts to create an engaging and informative read. This book made many top book lists when it was released in 2017.

Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity by Sandra Postel explores many projects, including some in New Mexico, that work with nature to enhance and preserve the earth’s water resources. Ms. Postel is a world-renowned water expert we’re lucky to have living with us here in New Mexico.

Another New Mexico book is A Song for the River by Philip Connors. This is beautiful, meditative exploration of his time in the Gila National Forest and of the Gila River. Those who want more of Mr. Connors’ writing on the Southwest should also pick up the multiple award-winning Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout.

Finally, for those who want to get started dreaming about their spring garden, try Growing the Southwest Garden: Regional Ornamental Gardening or any of the other gorgeous, picture-laden titles by Judith Phillips, another author we are lucky to call our own. Her beautiful books can be found at local bookstores and libraries.

Author: Katherine Yuhas,
Water Resources Division Manager with Albuquerque Bernalillo Water Utility Authority