Water http://kunm.org en Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water http://kunm.org/post/students-win-thousands-clean-water <p>Young scientists from Taos High School won the top prize at <a href="https://www.ecybermission.com">eCYBERMISSION,</a> a national army-sponsored contest that asks students to come up with real-world solutions to problems in their communities.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ninth-graders in Taos figured out how to create inexpensive filters to remove antibiotics from drinking water. On Friday, June 20, they won $20,000 for their efforts, plus an additional $5,000 grant for the next phase of their work—implementation.</span></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:03:32 +0000 Marisa Demarco 47017 at http://kunm.org Students Win Thousands to Clean Up Water Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water http://kunm.org/post/taos-high-students-filter-antibiotics-water <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Taos High School students are pitching a water-cleaning project in a national science competition called <a href="http://www.ecybermission.com">eCYBERMISSION</a> this week in D.C. The prize? $25,000 and the chance to help the U.S. get antibiotics out of its water supply.</span></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:28:27 +0000 Marisa Demarco 46704 at http://kunm.org Taos High Students Filter Antibiotics From Water Navajo Nation Declares Drought Emergency http://kunm.org/post/navajo-nation-declares-drought-emergency <p></p><p>Navajo President Ben Shelley has <a href="http://nnwo.org/content/navajo-president-shelly-declares-emergency-due-drought-conditions" target="_blank">declared</a> a state of emergency for drought conditions on the Navajo Nation. Officials are concerned ongoing drought may be creating unsafe conditions for people who need drinkable water.</p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:45:39 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 31616 at http://kunm.org Navajo Nation Declares Drought Emergency Navajo Nation Funds Water Projects http://kunm.org/post/navajo-nation-funds-water-projects <p>With drought affecting much of the southwest, the Navajo Nation is working to bring water to it's citizens with the tribal government recently approving over $8-million dollars for water infrastructure projects.<br>The Navajo Nation is roughly the size of West Virginia, has a population of around 170,000 people, and much of the Nations citizens are in need of water. Fri, 10 May 2013 00:08:12 +0000 Tristan Ahtone 28962 at http://kunm.org The Economics of Water Conservation http://kunm.org/post/economics-water-conservation <p>The land of enchantment is rich in many natural resources. Water, however, isn't one of them. And while higher prices have a way of persuading people to consume less, would raising water rates cause New Mexicans to turn off their spigots?&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 23:27:19 +0000 Carrie Jung 17113 at http://kunm.org The Economics of Water Conservation State fears federal control of groundwater http://kunm.org/post/state-fears-federal-control-groundwater <p>A legal battle over water in the lower Rio Grande has New Mexico accusing the federal government of trying to take control of the state&rsquo;s groundwater.</p><p>In a filing in the Third District Court in Las Cruces recently, the Bureau of Reclamation said it should be able to pump groundwater when it needs to deliver water in the Rio Grande to downstream users, such as farmers.</p><p>That raised the hackles of New Mexico state legislators, and others, including the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer. That office controls the state&rsquo;s groundwater.</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:15:50 +0000 Laura Paskus 16418 at http://kunm.org State fears federal control of groundwater More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water http://kunm.org/post/more-new-mexicans-rely-colorado-river-water <p>A study by the federal government shows that New Mexico is expected to see its population that uses the Colorado River Basin for water grow from nearly 1.5 million people today to between 2 million and 3 million by 2060.</p><p>That&#39;s according to the latest data from a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation study.</p><p>The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/OhHnQI) that New Mexico and the other states that depend on the Colorado River Basin for water face a growing gap between how much water nature provides and how much people want to use.</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 16:03:09 +0000 Albuquerque Journal 15970 at http://kunm.org More New Mexicans to rely on Colorado River water Audubon calls for restoring NM rivers http://kunm.org/post/audubon-calls-restoring-nm-rivers <p></p><p>Audubon New Mexico released a report on the heels of a visit here by Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar. The study argues that restoring natural streamflows will bring environmental and economic benefits.</p><p></p><p>Dams, reservoirs, and levees are all tools used to alter the natural flow of a river for crop irrigation, drinking water and industrial use. The benefits are substantial. But they also create major changes to the natural flow pattern of New Mexico&rsquo;s rivers and streams.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 23:19:22 +0000 Megan Kamerick 15453 at http://kunm.org Audubon calls for restoring NM rivers Navajo lawmakers reject water rights settlement http://kunm.org/post/navajo-lawmakers-reject-water-rights-settlement <p>Navajo lawmakers have rejected a settlement that recognizes the tribe&#39;s rights to water from the Little Colorado River basin.</p><p>The Tribal Council voted 15-6 against the settlement Thursday during a special session in Window Rock.</p><p>U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl had introduced legislation to approve the settlement, but it needed the blessing of the Navajo and Hopi tribes to move forward. Kyl has said the settlement would address water needs on the reservations and provide certainty of the water supply for off-reservation communities.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 22:17:44 +0000 Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press 15203 at http://kunm.org Navajo lawmakers reject water rights settlement Utility inadvertently diverted irrigation water http://kunm.org/post/utility-inadvertently-diverted-irrigation-water <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The water utility in Albuquerque inadvertently diverted farmers&#39; irrigation water from the Rio Grande for more than a week in late June and used it for the city&#39;s drinking water supplies.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The Albuquerque Journal reports (<a href="http://bit.ly/MXVOs1">http://bit.ly/MXVOs1</a>) that John Stomp, chief operating officer of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility, acknowledged the improper diversions and agreed to pay back the farmers.</span></p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:25:38 +0000 Albuquerque Journal 15184 at http://kunm.org Utility inadvertently diverted irrigation water Report argues projects threaten Western water supplies http://kunm.org/post/report-argues-projects-threaten-western-water-supplies <p>Large scale water projects are a growing phenomenon in the West. But a new study argues they could lead to water shortages and increased costs.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 19:34:22 +0000 Megan Kamerick 15123 at http://kunm.org Report argues projects threaten Western water supplies Critics of Arizona Well Call for Oversight http://kunm.org/post/critics-arizona-well-call-oversight-0 <p>The water inside Montezuma Well-part of the Montezuma Castle Monument near Rimrock, Arizona- is ten to thirteen THOUSAND years old. The Arizona Water Company operates two commercial wells near the monument and now <em>another</em> water company wants to open their own high-production well just 300 feet from the boundaries of the national park.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 23:31:05 +0000 Devin Browne 4684 at http://kunm.org Critics of Arizona Well Call for Oversight