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Water Authority Withdraws – Why?

By Executive Committee | July 13, 2021 |
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On July 13, 2021, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has chosen to end its participation in the just-starting multi-entity Rio Grande Basin Study. The announcement included a copy of the letter from the Chief Planning Officer of ABCWUA to USBR and MRGCD, which provided no rationale…

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A Small Farm Future III: Seeds-Sharing-Enough

By Lynn Montgomery | June 13, 2021 |
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When I first proposed the idea of A Small Farm Future it got a strong reaction. Some thought I was out of line to propose such an outlandish idea.  Any large new idea usually has this reaction. It is not my idea, but author and farmer Chris Smage’s. I wished to convey it to the…

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Final Draft Plan of Study Released for Comment

By Bob Wessely | May 17, 2021 |
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The Rio Grande Basin Study: Lobatos Gage to Elephant Butte Dam (Basin Study) presents a unique opportunity to develop projections of future water supply and demand and use them to model and evaluate potential adaptation strategies that are not constrained by current operating practices, infrastructure capacity, and policy constraints.

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Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia

By Executive Committee | May 12, 2021 |
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The New York Times has published ‘”Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia” addressing the runoff effects of pandemic-caused reduction in dust on snowpack. Cleaner skies over South Asia that resulted from pandemic lockdowns last year likely affected the timing of snowmelt in the Indus River basin of Pakistan and India, researchers reported…

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Water Wells Are at Risk of Going Dry in the U.S. and Worldwide

By Carolyn Kennedy | May 12, 2021 |
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The Conversation (funded by the University of California has published “Water Wells Are at Risk of Going Dry in the U.S. and Worldwide” by Professors Debra Perrone and Scott Jasechko, University of California at Santa Barbara, addressing the worldwide decline of groundwater. “As the drought outlook for the Western U.S. becomes increasingly bleak, attention is turning…

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Going to the MAT for Water Management along the Middle Rio Grande

By Mike Marcus | April 11, 2021 |
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Concern is building on how the multiple years of annually low mountain snowpack and extended durations of drought are combining to cause decreasing water supply to the Rio Grande and other NM rivers. Accompanying these concerns is the recognition that improved approaches and methods to achieve effective and innovative water management practices are needed to…

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March 2021 Update on the Projected Water Operations for the MRG

By Mike Marcus | April 10, 2021 |
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As discussed in the Water Advocates’ blog posting for the Minnow Action Team (MAT), the interim March 2021 Projected Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) was presented during the MAT Meeting on 31 March 2021. The following briefly summarizes that presentation. The March URGWOM projections are based on observed snowpack water…

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Small Farm Future II – A Meeting of Worlds

By Lynn Montgomery | April 9, 2021 |
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On June 9, 2007, a meeting of two worlds happened at the Annual Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly. The Assembly had been grappling with water shortages due to growth of overuse and where we could mitigate the deficits. The Assembly, titled “Growth, Ecology and Traditions”, hoped to find solutions by reductions in use in all…

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Hope and Resilience

By Executive Committee | April 8, 2021 |
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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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New Mexico Headed to (Water) Bankruptcy Court?

By Executive Committee | March 10, 2021 |
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The State Constitution requires the State to balance its annual budget, which prevents financial bankruptcy. However, the State is hurtling towards water bankruptcy in many of the State’s distinct hydrologic regions.

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Water Authority Withdraws – Why?

By Executive Committee | July 13, 2021 |
Posted in , ,

On July 13, 2021, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has chosen to end its participation in the just-starting multi-entity Rio Grande Basin Study. The announcement included a copy of the letter from the Chief Planning Officer of ABCWUA to USBR and MRGCD, which provided no rationale…

Read More

A Small Farm Future III: Seeds-Sharing-Enough

By Lynn Montgomery | June 13, 2021 |
Posted in

When I first proposed the idea of A Small Farm Future it got a strong reaction. Some thought I was out of line to propose such an outlandish idea.  Any large new idea usually has this reaction. It is not my idea, but author and farmer Chris Smage’s. I wished to convey it to the…

Read More

Final Draft Plan of Study Released for Comment

By Bob Wessely | May 17, 2021 |
Posted in ,

The Rio Grande Basin Study: Lobatos Gage to Elephant Butte Dam (Basin Study) presents a unique opportunity to develop projections of future water supply and demand and use them to model and evaluate potential adaptation strategies that are not constrained by current operating practices, infrastructure capacity, and policy constraints.

Read More

Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia

By Executive Committee | May 12, 2021 |
Posted in ,

The New York Times has published ‘”Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia” addressing the runoff effects of pandemic-caused reduction in dust on snowpack. Cleaner skies over South Asia that resulted from pandemic lockdowns last year likely affected the timing of snowmelt in the Indus River basin of Pakistan and India, researchers reported…

Read More

Water Wells Are at Risk of Going Dry in the U.S. and Worldwide

By Carolyn Kennedy | May 12, 2021 |
Posted in ,

The Conversation (funded by the University of California has published “Water Wells Are at Risk of Going Dry in the U.S. and Worldwide” by Professors Debra Perrone and Scott Jasechko, University of California at Santa Barbara, addressing the worldwide decline of groundwater. “As the drought outlook for the Western U.S. becomes increasingly bleak, attention is turning…

Read More

Going to the MAT for Water Management along the Middle Rio Grande

By Mike Marcus | April 11, 2021 |
Posted in ,

Concern is building on how the multiple years of annually low mountain snowpack and extended durations of drought are combining to cause decreasing water supply to the Rio Grande and other NM rivers. Accompanying these concerns is the recognition that improved approaches and methods to achieve effective and innovative water management practices are needed to…

Read More

March 2021 Update on the Projected Water Operations for the MRG

By Mike Marcus | April 10, 2021 |
Posted in ,

As discussed in the Water Advocates’ blog posting for the Minnow Action Team (MAT), the interim March 2021 Projected Annual Operating Plan (AOP) for the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) was presented during the MAT Meeting on 31 March 2021. The following briefly summarizes that presentation. The March URGWOM projections are based on observed snowpack water…

Read More

Small Farm Future II – A Meeting of Worlds

By Lynn Montgomery | April 9, 2021 |
Posted in

On June 9, 2007, a meeting of two worlds happened at the Annual Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly. The Assembly had been grappling with water shortages due to growth of overuse and where we could mitigate the deficits. The Assembly, titled “Growth, Ecology and Traditions”, hoped to find solutions by reductions in use in all…

Read More

Hope and Resilience

By Executive Committee | April 8, 2021 |
Posted in ,

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.…

Read More

New Mexico Headed to (Water) Bankruptcy Court?

By Executive Committee | March 10, 2021 |
Posted in , , , ,

The State Constitution requires the State to balance its annual budget, which prevents financial bankruptcy. However, the State is hurtling towards water bankruptcy in many of the State’s distinct hydrologic regions.

Read More