New Mexico

October 3, 2014--Dam gets dedicated (Durango Herald)

The traditional ribbon cutting Thursday officially brought on line the Long Hollow Reservoir, raising the hopes of irrigators for a more consistent supply of water. Already the reservoir, capacity 5,300 acre-feet, has seen a little accumulation of water from recent heavy rain funneled into it via Long Hollow Creek and Government Draw.


September 16, 2014--Diversion plans for the Gila would have major impact, critics say (High Country News)

The Interstream Commission, whose nine members were appointed by New Mexico Governor Susana Martínez, must decide whether it will pursue a diversion along the Gila River that would provide more water for southwest New Mexico, or whether to serve regional water needs through non-diversion alternatives, such as conservation and watershed restoration.


September 9, 2014--New Mexican ranchers sue over limited access to water due to endangered mouse listing (Associated Press)

New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas in the wake of a tiny mouse winning endangered species protections in the Southwest. Ranchers from throughout New Mexico, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and several cattlemen groups filed their lawsuit Tuesday in U.S.


July 24, 2014--Colorado official: Rio Grande use appropriate (The Pueblo Chieftain)

For more than four decades, Colorado has followed the letter of the law that dictates how flows on the Rio Grande are divvied up with downstream neighbors New Mexico and Texas. But a New Mexico environmental group concerned with the survival of an endangered fish says that is not enough.


July 19, 2014--About the Ogallala (Kansas Agland)

The Ogallala Aquifer - a nearly 174,000-square-mile underground cache of water that spreads across parts of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming - is one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world.


June 27, 2014--California may only have two years of water, other states not far behind (Water Online)

Each drought-afflicted state is unhappy in its own way. Just ask federal meteorologist Brad Rippey, who outlined the difficulties of U.S. water scarcity in a recent interview published by 24/7 Wall St.


June 19, 2014--Ceremony marks completion of Long Hollow dam (Durango Herald)

A ceremonial load of dirt was dumped Thursday to mark the end of construction of the Long Hollow dam here. The brief topping-out observation was attended by members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, which helped fund construction, and Brice Lee from La Plata Water Conservancy District, which sponsored the project.


June 10, 2014--Farmers cope with drought as Texas-New Mexico fight over Rio Grande water (KHOU Houston)

As the drought drags on in the southwest and Texas moves forward with a lawsuit against New Mexico over Rio Grande water, farmers face another difficult irrigation season.  “It’s pretty tough to try to farm with just a little river water,” said Keith Deputy, a 3rd generation farmer. The depleted Rio Grande is at the center of the lawsuit. The U.S.


May 27, 2014--How healthy is the Animas River? (Cortez Journal)

The swiftly flowing Animas River ran turbid here Monday, but that was the least of Melissa May’s concerns as she dipped water samples to be analyzed for various qualities. The main focus of the San Juan Watershed Group research is E. coli and nutrients – nitrogen and phosphorus. Certain strains of the former can cause nausea, fever and vomiting.


May 15, 2014--Three legislators challenge Navajo Water Rights Settlement (Daily Times)

Three legislators and an official with an agency that represents San Juan River irrigation ditches are asking New Mexico's highest court to cancel the Navajo Water Rights Settlement because they say its approval violated the state constitution. "There was no Legislature involvement," said Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec.


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