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 Author: crow
PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:00 pm 
Water has always been an issue on this planet, either too much or not enough and now whether clean or polluted added to the usual issues. As these water issues grow, the southwest, particularly SW New Mexico and the Gila Community face ever dire decisions., As we move into another year of a multi year drought we are faced with a number of assaults on the water both from Corporate ownership for resale and extraordinary consumption in general and especially in the modern mining extraction of metals with its resulting pollution in exchange for money and jobs. As the discussion has grown perhaps this new Category can bring together, in one place, all the varying issues in one spot that have recently been posted in many places on this site.

From an earlier post regarding the proposed reopening of the copper mine near Hillsboro: "This is one of a number of attempted water grabs currently under way in and around the Gila Community. Another is currently going through the courts by a group that wants to draw down the water table beneath the Gila by pumping near Magdalena and sending the water into the Rio Grand to then sell to whomever will by it.

Another is the scandal currently proceeding through the Environment Dept over what the water quality will be coming off the mines, clean or compromised; then there is the water in the Gila River, dam it, send it to Deming through the mining district or send it Las Cruces to name a few ideas morphing out of the Arizona Water Settlement. Oh yah, and what we will call the Lake Ramos for now, another scheme for the AMSA money (the link takes you to the proposal outline in a hydrologic assessment of the proposal)." Just name a few.

 Author: crawdad
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:03 pm 
Here's another enormous water issue for New Mexico--fracking. While it's not likely to occur in Grant County--since there likely aren't any viable natural gas resources here--it's already happening elsewhere in New Mexico. Now there's a petition started by a group called FOOD AND WATER WATCH. Contact your state legislators about this, and also sign this petition (see text below) at:
https://secure3.convio.net/fww/site/Adv ... y8.app337a

Tell Your State Legislator: Ban Fracking Now in New Mexico!

Right now, we have the opportunity to make fracking history in New Mexico! Last week, State Senator William Soules introduced a bill that would ban fracking in our state.

As you may know, fracking is a type of gas drilling that injects millions of gallons of hydraulic fluids - a mixture of chemicals, water and sand - into a well to create pressure that cracks open rock underground, releasing natural gas. This process can deplete and contaminate local water, damage the environment and threaten public health.

Please let your elected official know you want them to support SB 547 and Ban Fracking Now! Together, we can stand up to the oil and gas industry and ban fracking in New Mexico.

 Author: aces4nuevomexico
PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:32 pm 
I am encouraged by this from our Senator, Tom Udall
Their View: Water and drought: a call for cooperation
By U.S. Sen. Tom Udall / For the Sun-News
Posted: 06/09/2013 01:45:34 AM MDT

The people of New Mexico have long been very water conscious. We have had to be. Our survival has depended on it. Water is the "don divino," the divine gift. It is the lifeblood of our communities. The native pueblos who settled along the Rio Grande understood this. So did the early Spanish settlers who built the acequias to irrigate their crops.
Today, we are in the worst drought in over half a century. Projections are for hotter and drier conditions to continue.
Groundwater levels are dropping. The challenge this presents to our economy and our quality of life cannot be understated.
Last August, I was proud to co-host the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. Five hundred participants gave freely of their time. We heard from panels of experts. We met with farmers, ranchers, engineers, conservationists and community members. It was an opportunity to have a healthy dialogue about an issue that is so important to the future of our state.
Since the conference, my office has been compiling the strategies and proposals that were discussed. I was pleased recently to release our Water Conference Report. The report contains 40 proposed actions to help New Mexico adapt to ongoing drought and water supply challenges. It also contains 40 additional recommendations by audience members from the conference. I encourage everyone to read the report at my website, www.tomudall.senate.gov.
There is much work to do. And in today's tough economic times we will have to fight for the funding to do it. I will continue to advocate for federal funding for drinking water and water treatment for financially struggling communities in our state.
Congress should fully fund the Secure Water Act, which helps communities assess existing water supplies, especially groundwater, and better plan for the future. We need to know how much water we have in order to avoid over allocation and to ensure sustainable use.
We also need to pass a Farm Bill and restore the vital disaster assistance programs that expired in 2011. New Mexico's farmers and ranchers have been hit hard by drought, and this assistance is long overdue.
New technology offers great promise, but will not be a cure-all that avoids hard choices. Desalination research is underway in New Mexico, but on a large scale the cost and energy use remain high hurdles. The conference report also calls for improved management of dams and reservoirs for both agricultural and environmental purposes. These interests are not mutually exclusive. Water in the river can support wildlife and agriculture downstream. Groups who are often at odds need to work together — and there are promising examples of this, such as the New Mexico Audubon Society and the Elephant Butte Irrigation District.
Our report also recommended pilot voluntary water transfer programs to encourage best practices in this promising, but controversial, way to allocate supply. I think we should be skeptical, however, of large scale, permanent transfers, especially outside a particular basin, and from rural to urban areas.
Further, greater scrutiny is advised for new large water projects, such as those involving the Gila River, where massive federal investments are unlikely to materialize. The Gila is the last wild river in New Mexico and one of the few in the nation. As the conference title suggested, hard choices will have to be made if we are to avoid the divisive conflicts of devastating drought. The conference report is a positive step. But, it is not the end of the conversation. It is the continuation of it, and I want to hear from all New Mexicans about their water future.
We hear a lot about water "wars." But one big message came through time and again from participants at the water conference. Cooperation is key. That is how we will move forward. The challenge is clear. The stakes are high. Our efforts will have to be focused, innovative, and resolute. The people of New Mexico deserve no less.
Tom Udall is the senior senator from New Mexico. He serves on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, and on the Environment and Public Works committee.

 Author: surfin1
PostPosted: Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:24 pm 
Sustainable water conservation efforts need to be implemented to ensure the future success of Grant County its people as well as businesses.

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