Thursday, December 5, 2019

Water Listening Seasion

Dear friends in all things water, 

Hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving! 

Please join us next Thursday, December 5th from 10:00am - 11:30 am at New Mexico State University for a listening session with myself, the Water Resources Research Institute, and others on improving New Mexico’s approaches to water management. 

The purpose of this listening session is to hear from you, to discuss challenges in managing water across the state, and to explore opportunities to modernize our approaches to water science, policy, management, and infrastructure at the state level.  

We’ve had initial listening sessions in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and Socorro and are hoping to hear from communities and sectors across New Mexico.  If you cannot make this event, there will be other opportunities in coming months and you can also send comments and questions directly to me. 

This is an open event—please feel free to invite and share widely!

Water Listening Session
Thursday, December 5, 2019
10:00 am - 11:30 am 
Barbara Hubbard Room (2nd Floor) of the Pan American Center
New Mexico State University 
Las Cruces, New Mexico

Please join if you can and come with good ideas.

Thanks so much!


Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Santa Fe water reuse proposal worries farmers downstream

Santa Fe water reuse proposal worries farmers downstream

Santa Fe New Mexican
By Robert Nott

The idea of creating a water reuse plan based on returning treated effluent to the Rio Grande has been kicked around for decades. Under the terms of the San Juan-Chama Project — a complex, decades-old water diversion project that sends flows from the San Juan River in southern Colorado to the Rio Chama and then to the Rio Grande — city officials believe they have the right to build the pipeline.  The Buckman Return Plan was pitched as one of several possible solutions in an April 2017 water reuse feasibility study. Piping effluent to the Rio Grande would allow the city to treat more river water for drinking...

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Irrigators have time on their side in dueling Gila diversions

Irrigators have time on their side in dueling Gila diversions

Silver City Daily Press
By Geoffrey Plant

Two separate Gila diversion projects were on the agenda of Friday’s regular meeting of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, and the difference in complexity between the two was stark...One diversion, proposed by the New Mexico Entity of the Central Arizona Project, seeks to divert water under the terms of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act. That project has been beset by delays with its environmental impact statement work, last-minute changes in its plan and profound deadline complications.  The second, fully designed, shovel-ready diversion is proposed by the Gila Basin Irrigation Commission, which seeks to replace the same pushup dam in the upper Gila Valley that the Entity plans to replace, but with none of the Entity’s onerous National Environmental Policy Act processes to go through