Water Authority Pamphlet “Drought 2021”

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has published a newspaper insert “Drought 2021” addressing the water situation and the agency’s activities during the pandemic. It presents some facts and Water Authority perspectives and PR: • What it means for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County• What you can do to help save water this spring and summer•…

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“Water Risks Grow Across the Southwest”

AZCentral, part of the USA Today Network, has published “As hotter, drier climate grips the Colorado River, water risks grow across the Southwest” addressing effects of climate change in the area. The water level of Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, has dropped more than 130 feet since the beginning of 2000, when the lake’s…

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The Scorecard on ABQ Sprawl

Seven years ago, the New Mexico Mercury published The Scorecard on ABQ Sprawl, an article by Lora Lucero, a land use attorney, city planner, community gardener and community journalist. The article addresses the egregious disconnect between land use planning and water use planning in the Albuquerque area. How much has changed? The Albuquerque region has…

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Water Data 101 Guidebook

Internet of Water has published Data 101 as a guidebook for water data users and decision makers. Around the globe and here in the United States, water challenges are mounting. As climate change, population growth, and other drivers of water stress increase, decision makers at every level of society—from governors, to reservoir operators, to city…

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East Mountain Fire & Water Issues – Town Hall Meeting

Bernalillo County Commissioner Charlene Pyskoty will be holding a Town Hall Meeting starting at 5:30 pm on Thursday, April 29, 2021. The session will address water shortage problems in the mountains east of Albuquerque. With the ongoing drought and depletion of our aquifers, we need opportunities to share concerns, information, and ideas on fire and…

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Water Can Be Wrung Out Too Much

The Durango Herald has published “Water can be wrung out too much” by Denise Fort, professor emerita at the University of New Mexico School of Law, addressing Santa Fe, New Mexico’s growing demand for water and potential reuse thereof. Santa Fe once was sustained by the waters of the Santa Fe River, which begins in the…

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MRGWA’s Past President Joins New Mexico First

On April 5, 2021, New Mexico First announced that MRGWA’s past President, Theresa Cardenas, will now be serving as the Strategic Civic Engagement and Policy Manager for New Mexico First. We appreciate her years of service and guidance with the Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates and wish her well in her new and surely challenging…

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State engineer pauses groundwater permits

The Albuquerque Journal published “State engineer pauses groundwater permits” in its April 4, 2021 issue, addressing oil and gas use of fresh water in southeastern New Mexico. Following are excerpts of the article plus additional related information. State Engineer John D’Antonio has restricted new groundwater permits in three basins of far southeastern New Mexico to study…

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Hope and Resilience

El Salvador In 2004, “white men in suits “from Canada, Australia and the USA descended upon El Salvador – they were the advance guard of the Pacific Rim Mining corporation. Their mission: to promote the OceanaGold mine deep in the interior. Initially many people were excited at the prospect of prosperity that Pacific Rim promised.…

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State must come together to protect water

The Santa Fe New Mexican has published an Op-Ed entitled “State must come together to protect water.” It addresses Clean Water Act rule changes that endanger streams in New Mexico. “… Like capillaries of watersheds, streams that don’t have water in them year-round recharge aquifers and deliver water downstream for wildlife and human use. If…

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