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NM Legislation H2O Report Card Now Live!

By Norm Gaume | January 31, 2024 | Comments Off on NM Legislation H2O Report Card Now Live!
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Attention ALL WATER ALLIES!!! We are excited to announce a new non-partisan grassroots website that is tracking water planning funding and legislation in New Mexico! H2OREPORTCARDNMGOV.COM The website serves as a “report card” for the 2024 Legislature on funding water projects identified as priorities by the New Mexico Water Ambassadors, formerly the 2022 Governors Water…

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From the President’s Desk: State Government Neglect of Water Must Stop Now

By Norm Gaume | January 31, 2024 |
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To prevent population evaporation, it is vital that the state fund serious adaptation measures to cope with reduced water availability. This is not a temporary drought but a permanent increase in aridity. The State of New Mexico has the power and resources to initiate required strategic changes. We know the path forward. We urge you to communicate this to the Governor and the Legislature. Do what Water requires. Do it Now.

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Without Water, There’s Nothing!

By Betsy Diaz | January 31, 2024 |
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A stone discovered in ancient rock layers exposed by tectonic shifts delicately picked out of its strata and examined, was found to contain a bit of water billions of years old: young water of our home, planet Earth. Young water, which itself took eons to become a source of all life: around, within, below, above,…

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Commentary: Surviving a drought

By Bob Wessely | January 31, 2024 |
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Drought – nature’s reminder that water does not grow on trees.

Drought is the time when some form of government advice or regulation prescribes that we collectively choose to reduce our uses of water, usually because of some form of government advice or regulation. It is the time when

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From the President’s Desk: “The Middle Rio Grande Water Governance Forecast is for Accelerating Progress in 2024!”

By Norm Gaume | January 10, 2024 |
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river in winter with the words agua es vida: do your part

Part II – “Co-Creation of a Sustainable Water Future for the Middle Rio Grande.”
The past two years have set the stage for accelerated progress in managing New Mexico’s water resources for much greater resilience, as described in Part I, a 2023 summary report. Part II is about 2024.

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Water Funding by the 2024 Legislature is Essential. Please tell your legislators.

By Norm Gaume | January 10, 2024 |
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Together, New Mexicans made significant strides in addressing the multifaceted challenges of water management and conservation in New Mexico in 2023.

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Communities, Common Water Resources & Jurisdiction

By Lynn Montgomery | January 10, 2024 |
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ACEQUIAS DITCH

This is a follow-on to John Brown’s essay “To Thrive in a Climate-challenged World, New Mexicans Should Govern Our Water as a Commons.” We need to grapple with our present situation, legal environment, and predictions, but these are likely to change. We have to ask whether our present water management regime can actually bring about…

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Why Should You Plan for Water?

By Bob Wessely | January 3, 2024 |
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People at round tables in discussion

Who gets water when there isn’t enough? At a simplified level, the current “Priority Administration” regulations, if enforced when there isn’t enough water, would provide water to Nations/Tribes/Pueblos and other senior irrigators first, leaving very thirsty cities and towns. And with desperately thirsty cities and towns, the New Mexico economy would wither, taking down

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2023 Year-End Report – From the President’s Desk

By Norm Gaume | December 29, 2023 |
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four different images of water in New Mexico with the phrase 2023 recap

Together, New Mexicans made significant strides in addressing the multifaceted challenges of water management and conservation in New Mexico in 2023.

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Water Rights … and Water Wrongs

By Bob Wessely | December 6, 2023 |
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While the rules about them are extremely complicated, “water rights” are simply your permission slip from the State to use water, if you can find it (often a big “if”).  ll too often people conflate paper water and wet water. The results can be seriously misleading or worse. 

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