Rio Grande http://kunm.org en 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 Saving fish from a drying river http://kunm.org/post/saving-fish-drying-river <p>The monsoon rains arrived this month, but it&rsquo;s still hot and dry in New Mexico.</p><p>The ongoing drought is placing stress on the state&rsquo;s rivers and streams, including the Rio Grande. And while cities and farmers still receive their shares of water, each summer, one user gets left out&mdash;the Rio Grande itself. Like it has every summer for the past decade, the Rio Grande downstream of Albuquerque is drying.</p> Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:48:59 +0000 Laura Paskus 15773 at http://kunm.org Saving fish from a drying river Feds seek comments on flycatcher habitat proposal http://kunm.org/post/feds-seek-comments-flycatcher-habitat-proposal <p>The public has two months to weigh in on a proposal to revise critical habitat for the endangered Southwestern willow flycatcher in six states.</p><p>The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has identified more than 2,100 stream miles in California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico as part of the habitat proposal.</p><p>The agency says about 900 miles are currently being considered for exclusion from the final designation, while two more locations in Arizona could be added.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 12:37:10 +0000 The Associated Press 15470 at http://kunm.org Feds seek comments on flycatcher habitat proposal 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