EBID asks governor for water

EBID asks governor for water

There are 35 comments on the Las Cruces Sun-News story from Jun 28, 2011, titled EBID asks governor for water. In it, Las Cruces Sun-News reports that:

Do a Ana County farmers are making an urgent plea to Gov. Susana Martinez for water that would lengthen what's set to be the shortest irrigation season on record.

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Captain America

Huntsville, AL

#1 Jun 29, 2011
What, is she going to fill the lake with a bunch of TEA?

“14 Words”

Since: Aug 10

Albuquerque, NM

#2 Jun 29, 2011
Billy triple chins during his first year as governor "gave" away water to Texas when they did not need it or even ask for more. Crux of the current problem. "Think I'll drain the lake for future political consideration."
GIS

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 29, 2011
This is just the beginning of the end for water as we've know it in this region. El Paso already has the only inland desalination plant in the country and they are mining water from two aquifers. The military alone is bringing in 70,000+ new personnel and families to the area. Las Cruces is always clambering for "growth." All this ignores the fact the resources are not here.

Farmers should have priority on water - food security is not optional - but when they plant luxury crops like water sucking pecans, they are contributing to their demise. Farming is a hard profession and we can't afford to loose any, we need more local farmers and fewer subdivisions - and we need conservation emergency measures including subsidized investments in reducing flood type irrigation.
Mike

Santa Fe, NM

#4 Jun 29, 2011
The State Engineer's an Idi0t. Its obviously an abnormally tough year. Give the farmers some water!
Valley Native

Rio Rancho, NM

#5 Jun 29, 2011
"If I'm out of water, I'm out of water, so the farmer is going to have to finish out the season with well water, unless the monsoons kick in," he said.

We would love to be able to pump, but EBID the State Engineer and that idiot Judge Valentine stole our ground water in the adjudication process.
Observer

United States

#6 Jun 29, 2011
The lakes were made primarily for irrigation, now we have to ask for water that is already there. That’s just plain stupid… Farming is more important that water sports!!!
hey

United States

#7 Jun 29, 2011
Large scale farming in a desert.....that's just stupid.
Water Realities

Birmingham, MI

#8 Jun 29, 2011
GIS wrote:
This is just the beginning of the end for water as we've know it in this region. El Paso already has the only inland desalination plant in the country and they are mining water from two aquifers. The military alone is bringing in 70,000+ new personnel and families to the area. Las Cruces is always clambering for "growth." All this ignores the fact the resources are not here.
Farmers should have priority on water - food security is not optional - but when they plant luxury crops like water sucking pecans, they are contributing to their demise. Farming is a hard profession and we can't afford to loose any, we need more local farmers and fewer subdivisions - and we need conservation emergency measures including subsidized investments in reducing flood type irrigation.
And why is county government allowing cottonwoods to gulp water on the river banks? Those beasts drink a lot of water, they should be selectively cut down. They are weeds. One can't even burn cottonwoods in the fireplae because they only last about 10 minutes, smoke a lot, and stink. A few in the parks are cool and nice, large rogue trees up and down the river are not needed.
Keetah

Albuquerque, NM

#9 Jun 29, 2011
GIS wrote:
This is just the beginning of the end for water as we've know it in this region. El Paso already has the only inland desalination plant in the country and they are mining water from two aquifers. The military alone is bringing in 70,000+ new personnel and families to the area. Las Cruces is always clambering for "growth." All this ignores the fact the resources are not here.
Farmers should have priority on water - food security is not optional - but when they plant luxury crops like water sucking pecans, they are contributing to their demise. Farming is a hard profession and we can't afford to loose any, we need more local farmers and fewer subdivisions - and we need conservation emergency measures including subsidized investments in reducing flood type irrigation.
Farmers use about 97% of our water.
GISMOMO

Las Cruces, NM

#10 Jun 29, 2011
Keetah wrote:
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Farmers use about 97% of our water.
Elephant Butte was built to supply farmland with water.

Farmers waste plenty of water though, and need to change their watering strategy. This region simply cannot support the population or 19th & 20th century style agriculture. That's so obvious.
Bobby

El Paso, TX

#11 Jun 29, 2011
hey wrote:
Large scale farming in a desert.....that's just stupid.
Morons like you using a computer.....that's just stupid.

Most of your veggies come from desert areas in AZ, CA, NM, and parts of TX you idiot.
implements

Ashburn, VA

#12 Jun 29, 2011
Bobby wrote:
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Morons like you using a computer.....that's just stupid.
Most of your veggies come from desert areas in AZ, CA, NM, and parts of TX you ****.
... but the BIGGER QUESTION HERE is ... are you using these "veggies" as food ???
Engineer

Las Vegas, NV

#13 Jun 29, 2011
For all of you that criticize the farmer...I hope you starve to death. Or enjoy some 3rd world country's food..you idiots.
Hey Pendejo

Albuquerque, NM

#14 Jun 29, 2011
hey wrote:
Large scale farming in a desert.....that's just stupid.
This is a river valley....stupid.
TAI

Albuquerque, NM

#15 Jun 29, 2011
Well i agree farming is ok but i think pecan trees are out way out of control
Engineer

Las Vegas, NV

#16 Jun 29, 2011
YEAH THE PECAN TREES ARE PROBABLY WHY THERE IS NO WATER IN THE VALLEY...ALSO ESSLINGER, THE PRES OF EBID CATERS TO THEM..THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE ON HOW THEY DIVIDE THE WATER..ROW CROPPERS GET VERY LITTLE WHILE THE PECAN FARMERS GET THE BULK OF IT.
Ex- El Paso resident

Las Cruces, NM

#17 Jun 29, 2011
hey wrote:
Large scale farming in a desert.....that's just stupid.
You know where food comes from.

The supermarket, Right?

Get a grip.

If the US did not utilize lands in New Mexico, Texas, California and yes Arizona there would be a lot less food and fiber.

One of the few places the US out produces other countries.

End some sand for a while.
Mike

Santa Fe, NM

#18 Jun 29, 2011
Engineer wrote:
YEAH THE PECAN TREES ARE PROBABLY WHY THERE IS NO WATER IN THE VALLEY...ALSO ESSLINGER, THE PRES OF EBID CATERS TO THEM..THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE ON HOW THEY DIVIDE THE WATER..ROW CROPPERS GET VERY LITTLE WHILE THE PECAN FARMERS GET THE BULK OF IT.
You are way off. Pecan trees dont use THAT much more, they just benefit in yield when they are watered enough, unlike cotton, which can be stressed without as dramatic of a loss of yield.

EBID gives EVERY ACRE the same depth of water, no matter what is planted. Duh. The State Engineer took a dirty deal from the pecan growers for more Ground water than the row croppers. Esslinger helped fight the State Engineers dirty deals and got the row croppers the same as the pecan growers, even for ground water allotment, therefore equal total allotment is his goal, it appears.
Embarassed Republican

United States

#19 Jun 29, 2011
Water Realities wrote:
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And why is county government allowing cottonwoods to gulp water on the river banks? Those beasts drink a lot of water, they should be selectively cut down. They are weeds. One can't even burn cottonwoods in the fireplae because they only last about 10 minutes, smoke a lot, and stink. A few in the parks are cool and nice, large rogue trees up and down the river are not needed.
You are extremely correct, my friend. Cottonwoods are one of the major sources of evil for our water.

Let's hope some of the slick advisors can somehow get this message to Gov. One Term Martinez. If she would order the eradication of cottonwoods on all public waterways in New Mexico...she could be a hero.

But it's not a talking point and a television moment yet...so don't hold your breath.

We can pray, thought.
David

Las Cruces, NM

#20 Jun 29, 2011
How about we stop charity car washes and their wasteful water use

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