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Are we Moving Forward in New Mexico from a Water Law Perspective?

By Sigmund Silber, Rio Grande Chapter Water Issues Chair ssilber1@juno.com

To answer the question of are we moving forward involves many different aspects which combined are far too complex to address in one article. Components of that question would include:
A. What is the status of our Legislative Statutes with respect to water?
B. Is the Administrative Process for managing our water resource effective and honest?
C. Is planning for the future taking place effectively and in an open and transparent manner? and finally
D. Are our courts operating efficiently and fairly.

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Protect New Mexico's Headwaters

Pecos Falls

Help the state protect our most pristine water. Have you walked along a forested mountain stream, fished a remote stretch of trout water or jumped in a mountain lake in New Mexico? We need you to be in Santa Fe any day from September 14 to 17 to call for these headwater protections.
The state of New Mexico will ask the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) in the second week of September to protect our state's headwaters as 'Outstanding Water'.

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Parasol Dairy Permit Approved

June 8, 2010 - Santa Fe: In an unexpected and dangerous reversal of Environment Department decisions, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) approved the discharge permit for the proposed 2,000 head ParaSol Dairy in Sierra County. The WQCC is the State’s highest administrative water quality authority.


Federal Appeals Court Rules on Middle Rio Grande, Minnow Issues - Prior Expansive Pro-ESA Rulings Voided

Rio Grande near Albuquerque

On April 21st, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit finally issued its ruling involving a crucial issue for Endangered Species Act (ESA) "consultations" on federal water project operations, and federal agency activities in general.


Sierra Club Seeks Clean Up of Coal Combustion Waste Dump

Coal Waste

“One of the Largest Illegal Open Dumps in the Nation” Dangerously Polluting Water Supplies in Region

(Farmington, NM) - April 8, 2010 - The Sierra Club took action today to stop the disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal combustion waste each year in unlined pits at the San Juan Coal Mine, and to compel the clean up of previously disposed waste that continues to leach toxic pollutants into the surrounding ground and surface water.


Santa Fe's Louise Pape Water Conservation Efforts - National Geographic Feature

Pecos Falls

While most people use 100 gallons of water per day, Louise Pape uses only 10 gallons per day. Learn how she does it in the April 2010 edition of National Geograhic (article starts on page 172) or follow the link.

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2010/04/last-drop/royte-text


Protect New Mexico’s Outstanding Waters

Pecos Falls

Dec. 15, 2009 - Los Alamos County’s water needs are currently satisfied by groundwater. However, as the holder of San Juan-Chama water rights, we have a vested interest in protecting the quality of that water. Many of our local recreation areas, including the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, the Dome Wilderness, the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, and the Southern Pecos Wilderness will be better protected if the WQCC approves the proposal. The Sierra Club asks the County Council and Los Alamos residents to support this initiative.

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Make Every Drop of Water Count

Aug. 18, 2009 - Dirty as it may be, water in the Rio Grande allotted to cities and counties under the San Juan-Chama (SJC) Diversion pact is prized. Our County’s share is 1200 acre feet.

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Catron County confluence

Water unites ranchers and environmentalists in a conservative corner of New Mexico. Reprinted From the November 23, 2009 issue of High Country News by Arla Shephard (with permission). In southwestern New Mexico's Catron County, you're more likely to hear the word "en-varmint-alist" than "environmentalist," says Mary Katherine Ray.

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Sierra Club Seeks Cleanup of Open-Pit Coal Ash Dump

Coal Waste

Dec 2009 - The Sierra Club today put the San Juan Coal Company on notice for failing to properly dispose of millions of tons of toxic coal ash and scrubber sludge each year. The San Juan Coal Company has dumped more than 40 million tons of coal combustion waste containing pollutants like arsenic, lead, and mercury into massive unlined pits at the San Juan Mine, about 10 miles west of Farmington.


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