Local resident Alison Walters gives the plants at Mesa Public Library a little boost to survive between waterings. It has not rained in Los Alamos for a while. But the county is not eligible for assistance yet. Earlier this week, The U.S. Department of Agriculture had designated 15 counties in New Mexico as natural disaster areas because of drought, making them eligible for federal assistance to deal with drought, high winds and wildfires.
The counties under the declaration are Chaves, Catron, Curry, DeBaca, Dona Ana, Eddy, Grant, Hidalgo, Lea, Luna, Otero, Quay, Roosevelt, Sierra, and Socorro.