New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn, center, discusses water quality issues around the state as Laguna Pueblo Gov. Richard Luarkie and Luara McCarthy of The Nature Conservancy listen during a town hall in Albuquerque, N.M. on Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Hundreds of state officials, water managers, researchers and others were participating in the two-day meeting with the goal of developing a series of recommendations as New Mexico grapples with drought. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A failure by New Mexico to address water supply challenges and climate change would have far-ranging effects on everything from national security to energy independence and the ability to compete in the global economy, a U.S. senator said Tuesday.

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