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Pecos River drought

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NEW MEXICO - Dozens of miles of the Pecos River have dried up in New Mexico, leaving thousands of fish needing to be relocated.

A team of biologists with the US Fish and Wildlife Services and the Bureau of Reclamation will be collecting threatened Pecos Bluntnose Shiner from the river this week to relocate upstream.

This marks a first for the US Fish and Wildlife service when it comes to the Shiner.

State and federal officials on Tuesday pointed to what's happening on the Pecos River as another example of fallout from two years of drought.

The southeastern corner of the state has been hit the hardest. Meteorologists with the National Weather Service say many areas have had only a couple of inches of rain since the beginning of the year, and monsoon season has been spotty.

"Although there has been some decent precipitation in some areas of the state, it has not been anything close to being able to overcome the deficits we have rung up," said Ed Polasko of the weather service.

The Pecos River is one of the largest rivers in the Southwest and stretches from northeast New Mexico into West Texas.