Monday, May 20, 2019

Clovis farmer in D.C. advocating for environmental guidelines after farm's water contaminated

Clovis farmer in D.C. advocating for environmental guidelines after farm's water contaminated

KAMC News
By Paige Pauroso

..."So I thought 'I need to sell my cows if I can't sell my milk' and then I went to sell my cows and they said, 'No, your cows are quarantined. You can't sell them,'" Schapp said. Schapp traveled to Washington, D.C. this week, advocating for new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to put stricter guidelines on PFA use. "We need them to set a standard so the Cannon Airforce Base has the tools to get off the property and clean up the water," Schapp said. "Right now, they just want to put drinking fountains on my property for human consumption. Well, that's not good enough because I got 4,000 animals that are polluted by this poison and I don't know what to do with them."

He said he found out shortly after that it wasn't just his water that was contaminated but his cow's milk as well. That left him with 4,000 dairy cows, but not a drop of milk he was able to sell. 
"So I thought 'I need to sell my cows if I can't sell my milk' and then I went to sell my cows and they said, 'No, your cows are quarantined. You can't sell them,'" Schapp said. 
Schapp traveled to Washington, D.C. this week, advocating for new Environmental Protection Agency regulations to put stricter guidelines on PFA use. 
"We need them to set a standard so the Cannon Airforce Base has the tools to get off the property and clean up the water," Schapp said. "Right now, they just want to put drinking fountains on my property for human consumption. Well, that's not good enough because I got 4,000 animals that are polluted by this poison and I don't know what to do with them."
He said it's not just about his livelihood, but also safety for consumers. 
"The military is saying 'Well we only want to know human consumption' but the problem is food. Food is human consumed, your meat, milk and dairy products are human consumed," Schapp said. 
He said the USDA might help him with what to do with his cows. But if he can't get help, he will be forced to euthanize all 4,000 cows.

Pecos River Bureau inquires about local water rights

Pecos River Bureau inquires about local water rights

Roswell Daily Record
Staff

A state water agency bureau chief would like local water district directors to consider selling some water rights.  Members of the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District board of directors have been asked by Pecos River Bureau Chief Hannah Riseley-White of the Interstate Stream Commission to consider selling the bureau up to 850 acres of water rights.  The conversation is in its initial stages, as Risely-White and a colleague acknowledged during a Tuesday PVACD board meeting that many questions remain about whether other people would have a right to bid and whether the New Mexico Legislature or other entities would need to give approval. More here

Monday, April 1, 2019

PECOS RIVER COMMISSION – 2019 MEETING


PECOS RIVER COMMISSION – 2019 MEETING
Hosted this year by New Mexico.  (Location rotates between Texas and New Mexico annually.)
Meeting is open to the public and a good opportunity to see the Pecos River Compact in action and hear presentations on recent activities from the states and federal agencies related to the Pecos Basin.

Date:                     April 9, 2019
                                                9am (usually ends around noon)
Location:             Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM
                                Student Union Building, Room 322

The meeting agenda is attached.  Feel free to contact me for more information. Pardon for any cross-postings. Please pass on the information to anyone you think may be interested.

Thanks,
Hannah

Hannah Riseley-White
Pecos Basin Manager
NM Interstate Stream Commission
Pecos River Bureau
505.827.4029