This time of year articles about how Texas is squeezing New Mexico dry are quite common. Best I can tell Texas is in no violation of any law with respect to its water procurement. If the citizenry of the two great states could be somehow interchanged, then the two groups would change their opinions correspondingly. Sort of like in the NBA on an out of bounds play when five guys point in one direction and the other 5 players point in the other.
Sherry Robinson in All She Wrote issued faint criticisms of the usages of the terms desertification and drought. Desertification, as the root of the term suggests, means an already arid region running out of water, bodies of water, and vegetation/wildlife. Put more simply, becoming a desert with no hope for human habitation.
Sherry appears to think the terms drought and desertification can be used synonymously. Drought connotes temporary water shortages, whereas desertification suggests not much hope of recovery. I read her excellent Water Law article rapidly and may have misunderstood her intent. She expounded on some of the history between NM and Texas with respect to the amount of water allotted to each state. Her conclusion was that the laws needed to be updated to reflect the current conditions including the much lower annual rainfall in NM.
All the heat, wind, and lack of water is quite depressing. I am glad Sherry writes about the historical aspect of our water crisis. I am somewhat consoled by the fact many generations previous have had to adapt and endure.