River managers brace for more drying with a trickle.

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Triple-digit temperatures, a volatile monsoon season, & decades of drought have put North America's longest river in jeopardy.

Sand, gravel, & fractured mud are replacing the Rio Grande.

It's like other hot, dry western U.S. regions where rivers & reservoirs have shrunk owing to climate change & demand. 

Local & federal water managers warned Thursday that more portions of the Rio Grande will dry up in the Albuquerque area, stranding endangered silvery minnows.

Due to drought, the river has threatened to dry up thus far north in recent summers, according to the Bureau of Reclamation & one of the river's main irrigation districts.

This could be the year when New Mexico's most populous region sees the effects of climate change. 

Albuquerque's Rio Grande rarely goes dry, unlike its southern sections. 

The river, lined by cottonwood & willow trees, runs through the city like a monument. 

It's one of the few green ribbons in the parched state, watering crops & communities. 

Andy Dean, a federal scientist, stated, "This is nearly the only source of water in central New Mexico, & we're not trying to save it simply for the fish."

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