19, 2017 -
Report From Santa Fe - KNEW - Laura Paskus and Peggy Johnson on
WATER in NM Video
Steve Pearce is hosting a Town Hall for constituents of New Mexico's
2nd Congressional District.
Saturday March 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm MST
Where: New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum
information and questions to ask Pearce
9, 2017 -
Magdalena school board amends water grab protest... At the regularly
scheduled Feb. 13 meeting the board had discussed in executive
session withdrawing a letter filed with the Office of the State
Engineer protesting the Augustin Plains Ranch LLC planned project
to pump water from the San Augustin aquifer. Chieftain
HB 418, (Water Transfers) was not heard in Committee yesterday
as scheduled - update on this later.
3, 2017 - New Documents related to Agustain Plains area and Magdalena
- The day the water dried: (Updated April 2014) A
2, 2017 -
much water does New Mexico actually have? ... When it comes to
revising water laws in New Mexico, nothing realistic can be done
until we know how much and where the groundwater
1, 2017 -
Update to the House Bills below:
of hearings click
Status of HB418 .. Substitute
Bill HB 418:
Added sections....para 3 (e)...and Para F
(3) temporary transfers of no longer than two
F. For the purposes of this section:
(1) "area of origin" means the physical
location of a ground water aquifer, the boundaries of which are
reasonably ascertainable and which may or may not coincide with
the administrative boundaries of ground water basins established
by the state engineer; and
(2) "transfer" means the transport of water for use
in a location more than thirty-five miles from the area
Water Transfers: "Upon initial consideration, interbasin
transfer of water has enormous appeal. Indeed, many of the regional
water plans offer vague references to receiving water from adjacent
basins. However, a more thorough examination reveals that there
are often few details to support these transfers.. ... Report
by Professor Bruce Thomson, Department of Civil Engineering, University
of New Mexico. 2010-Inter-basin
HB 418, a bill that will be heard TOMORROW
(Thursday, March 2, 1:30pm) March
3 - UPDATE:
Bill as not heard in committee March 2nd. in the House Energy,
Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This bill will put
into place regulations regarding WATER TRANSFERS, regulations
that are long overdue.
the Chairman and/or Committee member Candy Ezzell know your thoughts
on this bill.
Chairman Matthew McQueen
list of Committee Members
information on HB-418:
Introduced by Gail Armstrong:
Relating to water; requiring additional requirements for approval
of permits for the diversion and use of ground water from the
basin of origin for use outside the basin of origin. See
bill here or download
1, 2017 -
HB-472- SIGNIFICANT ISSUES:
Legislative Staff Assessment:
According to OSE analysis, prohibiting federal land management
agencies from owning surface water rights for livestock watering
could have significant negative unintended consequences ...
Assessment - full report
27, 2017 -
The bill for public/private partnerships HB 275
was just defeated in committee. Gail Armstrong, our representative,
voted against the bill. She explained that while she liked the
bill, her constituents had serious concerns about it and she voted
for their concerns against the bill. Please take the time
to thank her. firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-986-4467.
You might also mention your support or opposition to the bills
below at the same time.
Vote just finished.
legislation of concern for this area:
- Introduced by our Rep. Gail Armstrong:
Relating to Rural Electric cooperatives;
Allowing mail-in or proxy ballots to count toward establishing
the bill or
visit NM government website here
for more details.
Readers may remember this was a critical issue at the recent co-op
annual meetings as the board tried to disqualify voters.
HB-472: Relating to water rights administration:
providing definitions; limiting livestock water rights holders;
prohibiting the state engineer from enforcing or administering
conditions placed on permitted land to require transfer of private
water rights to a government land management agency excepting
sales of water rights; exempting livestock water rights from forfeiture
where the right is appurtenant to land under a current lease or
the bill or
visit NM government website here
for more details:
We will have more on this legislation after it is reviewed.
good source of on-going information on what is happening in SF
is at The
24, 2017 -
The Bait and Switch of Public-Private Partnerships ...
This being the age of public relations, the genteel term public-private
partnership is used instead of corporate plunder. A partnership
such deals may be, but it isnt the public who gets the benefits.
... Public-private partnerships are nothing more than a variation
on straightforward schemes to sell off public assets below cost,
with working people having to pay more for reduced quality of
- May 10, 2013 -
Financialising Household Water (UK Report)
- November 23, 2016 -
Economic Policy Inst. on Trump
and Water Watch Reports:
July 2011- Water=Life: How Privatization undermines the Human
right to Water.
- Water Privatization: Facts
- 2016 Report on State
of Public Water in the U.S.
- 2010 Report - Brief
on Water P3 Issues & Difficulties
22, 2017 -
US EPA Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center National
Governors Association State Planning Retreat on Public Private
- 53rd Legislaton:
19, 2017 -
Had Me At H2O: A look at who owns your water supply ... Get
curious about how your water gets to you, before private companies
pull the plug. MuchRock
cant trust public water, so its turning to private
companies. - While most Americans dont have to think too
hard about whether their water is safe to drink or not, people
in Camden, New Jersey are used to not having clean water
Improving the Way We Plan Together
part of our continuing commitment to improve our management of
the nations public lands, the Bureau of Land Management
is reviewing the way we develop and update our Resource Management
initiative, known as Planning 2.0, aims to increase public involvement
and incorporate the most current data and technology into our
land use planning.
Plan 2.0 presentation
2.0 FAQ sheet
Cynic Comment: Under the current administration BLM efforts
could be negatively revised by using an esoteric Congressional
procedure to sabotage BLM efforts.
Republicans Are Using An Arcane Tool To Handcuff Federal Agencies...
And it could have long-term consequences. Huffington
An example just out today... GOP Wants NASA To Stop Worrying
About Earth And Focus On Space ... There are talks of rebalancing
the agencys mission as it continues to tweet about climate
Cynic is developing a new webpage that follows the Trump/GOP administration"disappearing"
federal data and negative revisions to existing legislation, rules,
and regulations. Click
17, 2017 -
We are still tracking HB 275, the Public/Private Partnership bill.
Sadly, the House Transportation, Public Works and Capital Improvements
Committee recommended a Do Pass, a big setback for us.
Next in line is a hearing at the House Labor and Economic Development
Committee. OUR REPRESENTATIVE, GAIL ARMSTRONG, IS ON THAT COMMITTEE.
You can do one quick thing: phone Representative
Armstrongs office and ask that she vote NO on HB 275. Her
phone number is 505-269-2364. I usually call very early
and leave a message. It is our numbers that matter, so the more
people who call the better. It will take about 30 seconds!
15, 2017 -
From Conservation Voter of New Mexico -
Public-Private Partnerships (HB 275) seeks to give private companies
control of New Mexico's critical public services - including our
dangerous bill that could put your critical public services, like
water, has again been introduced in the State House. ... Last
seen in 2015, Public-Private Partnerships (now HB 275, Larrañaga/Cisneros)
is a sweeping measure that would privatize projects that are most
appropriately developed and maintained by public entities. In
2015, you raised your voice and we were able to stop the bill.
Together, we can do it again.
HB 275 first, and it has powerful support in the legislature.
If you speak up now, we can stop this dangerous "blank check"
legislation in its tracks.
Public-private partnership, or P3, is a catch-all term for any
project that partners government with private business. Generally
speaking, the more heavily the private sector is involved, the
riskier the project is for the public - in financial, social and
environmental terms. Examples from across the country and right
here in New Mexico have proven the need to take a very cautious
approach to P3s.
companies are pushing hard to expand P3s in our state. HB 275
is one of the broadest, if not the broadest, pieces of P3 legislation
in the country.
this link to CVNM Action center and send your representative a
this action alert
15, 2017 -
This bulletin came in too late to be effective, but never-the-less...
Rep. Pearce is having a call-in Town Hall TODAY. If you can't
make the call, please email him ... he's in the process of giving
away public lands. .
website click here
Town Hall Bulletin .
February 12, 2017 -
of memo from From:
AFSCME, AFT, NM Building Trades Council (15 affiliated unions),
CVNM, CWA, Food & Water Watch, NEA-NM, NM Environmental Law
Center, NM Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO), Sierra Club, and Voices
To: NM Legislation
Re: Please OPPOSE House Bill 275 (Allowing Privatization
of all Public Services and Infrastructure) and SUPPORT Senate
Bill 143 (Narrower Public Private Partnership bill). 021317-AFSCME
11, 2017 -
tale from 2012:
How the Private Water Industry Is Teaming Up With ALEC ... ALEC
has worked with the energy industry to create loophole-filled
water protections and opposes federal oversight of fracking.
from Public Dollars: How ALEC and Its Members Promote Privatization
of Government Services and Assets. Public
-The Water/Wastewater Utility Public-Private Partnership Act.
(This is where your NM representatives get the text of P3 legislation)
11, 2017 -
California water venture tied to Trump sees prospects rise after
years of setbacks. ... Until Trump won the presidency, prospects
looked bleak for Cadiz, a California company that has struggled
for years to secure federal permits to transform Mojave Desert
groundwater into liquid gold. McClatchyDC
NB: the above article references the infamous "Emergency
Infrastructure" list of critical projects in the 2nd paragraph
(see January 27th commentary below). This is an example of very
bad reporting using a fake list to generate an "exclusive".Always
follow the money.
February 10, 2017 -
Quick note on legislation that requires fast action
in the form of a call or email to Santa Fe to make sure all of
the following 5 Democrats are all present to vote against HB275
(See below for more information) The main talking point about
HB 275 is that it allows for privatization of virtually everything
in government, including schools, water utilities, solid waste,
waste water, watersheds, habitat restoration, and everything else
done by state and local government. It's by far the broadest bill
in America, and is terrible for any number of reasons (each activist
group here will have their own reasons for not wanting to privatize
government). The Legislature should appoint a commission to review
all P3 bills and that commission should report to the Legislature.
We need to emphasize that the lack of adequate oversight is enough
by itself to defeat the bill. In addition, all reference to water
projects should be removed.
These are the critical representatives: .
Bobby Gonzales (D-Taos)
Chair Moe Maestas (D-West side ABQ)
email@example.com 505-986-4433 (note: shared phone with Ruiloba)
is the source of this legislation. Through ALEC, global corporations
are scheming to rewrite your rights and boost their revenue. Alec
are several articles about P3's on this website. Note, Larry Larrañaga
was at one time on the ALEC
Federalism and International Relations Task force, but no
longer listed. A search for Larrañaga in the search field
above will link to stories that include him. NM representative
on ALEC is Rep. Yvette Herrell
February 9, 2017 -
The Problems With Water Supply and Demand:
A disconnect between water supply and demand will always exist.
The reason is that every time more water is made available to
a community or state it creates an instant invitation to increase
demand by way of development. Before long there is more demand
for water than what was being made available. Our economic system
demands that growth is essential if we are to prosper. Water is
becoming like fiat money we continue to think there is more available
and seem to think that if we use it up more will be found elsewhere.
We never admit that there is not enough water until the well or
spigot goes dry. In other words we do not live within our means.
the rest of the commentary here
7, 2017 - New found Resources:
Drinking Water Allocation Program (WRAP)
* Who owns water. Water rights in the SW States. Published 2003
by Brian H Hurd - NM State University.
owns water in the SW.
* 2009 Overview of NM Ground Water Code.
Water conference paper .
* 1962 - NM
water law since 1955 - Clark
* Office of State Eng. Glossary
of water terms
6, 2017 -
Reform of the (Interstate Stream Commission. This information
came too late to call your the rules committee members today,
but send your rep and e-mail or call will at least let them know
they are being watched. (Rules
it is important to tell Senate Rules Members to Vote YES on SB157!
Peter Wirth has introduced legislation (SB157) that would reform
membership of the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), the state
agency charged with "developing New Mexico's waters including
both interstate and intrastate stream systems."
bill is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Rules Committee (Room
321) on Monday, February 6 at 8 am.
The bill is designed to bring objectivity and science, and less
political partisanship, into New Mexico's water management decisions.
The ISC has responsibility for state and regional water planning
and the technically infeasible and unaffordable Gila River diversion
project among many others.
ISC appointments would be shared equally between the Governor's
office and legislature. The bill requires an equal number of Democrats
and Republicans, two water-related technical experts from either
UNM or NMSU, and representation by the variety of interests that
have a stake in how water is managed, including a representative
from a non-governmental conservation advocacy organization.
Please contact members of the Senate Rules Committee and ask them
to vote YES on SB157.
Interstate Sream Commission (OSE) website
February 6, 2017 - news item
4, 2017 -
Below is a copy of form letter from the Office of The State Engineer.
Re: The Application by APR, OSE file RG89943. It includes
a copy of the "request to docket application". There
were 604 "timely" Protestants. A list of all Protestants
was included in the original, but not part of this file. Those
listed will recive the complete document.
File: RG-89943 and associated notices dated February 2, 2017
What all this means will be discussed soon.
SB 86 -
requires the State Engineer to put notices on-line. NM
3, 2017 -
Why is EPA chief Gina McCarthy speaking at a conference full of
private water company execs?
2016 article on Grist
1, 2017 -
UPDA TE ON THE P3 LEGISLATION...
impact Report - NM
HB 275, Section 2- H(1)(n) under definitions of a public project
(page 4 of the bill) seems to fit the APR plan. HB275
will also be important to see if some of the language in HB 275
ends up in the broadband bill in a back-door type of move as this
and Water Watch here in New Mexico is also an ally opposing
the P3 legislation. Below is an analysis by Food and Water Watch
of the Presidents proposal to privatize water and sewer
systems. We need to continue watching the Presidents short
list of infrastructure projects to be funded. (That may be a fake)
To that end we have some help from a friend in DC, and Ill
keep you posted.
Trump Attacks the Safety of Our Drinking Water - Trumps
war on the EPA endangers our drinking water. His plans to gut
the agency would sacrifice key programs that support and protect
our public water supplies.
Plan for Infrastructure
(Mentions APR. Not White House approved, probably a fake)
Public services union is also watching P3 legislation in New Mexico.
the February 1, 2017 News
Grab Archive: 2017