EBID asks governor for water

Full story: Las Cruces Sun-News

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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SouthWest Shooter

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Jun 29, 2011
 

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Farms, crops, workers??
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If this is even a discussion, I am sick to my stomach
ALL of the water should be allocated to the farmers
The price of farming is soo much more than it was even a decade ago,
Sad Shame, weve already forgotten OUR Roots....
Hillary

Albuquerque, NM

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#22
Jun 29, 2011
 
We won't be laughing when the water is no lnoger an available resource. Infact, we will be killing each other for one measly drink. So laugh all you want, but it's no longer if the waterhole will last, but When it is gone forever.
Groundwater Geologist

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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 are far and away the largest users of water in the area. We need to acknowledge that farming is best performed in more humid areas (which have better, less alkaline soils too). The water problem would be reduced if we got rid of all of the farmers and brought in more subdivisions. Also, reducing flood type irrigation is not the answer. Flood irrigation is much preferred to sprinkler irrigation when it comes to recharging groundwater. In many parts of the west, the switch from flood irrigation to sprinkler irrigation is easily observed in well hydrographs...that's when the steep declines began. Basically, you lose a lot more to evaporation with sprinkler irrigation than you do to flood irrigation.
Savage Heathen

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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.
Rogue trees? Now I've heard everything!
just me

Las Cruces, NM

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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.
Because the illegal immigrants who harvest the crops need shelter too. ;-/ Ditto that for the drunk homeless folks. Cottonwood trees are a lot cheaper than the subsidized housing needed for all of those people.
Rooster

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Jul 1, 2011
 
Embarassed Republican wrote:
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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.
EPA would not allow the cottonwoods to be removed. Fire is the only method of ridding of trees in NM, unless there are homeless camping under them. Dogonit, if the homeless had been under every tree but 17 an acre, we would not have had the fire storms.
ITOLDYOU

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Effective immediately in all SW states---ALL outside faucets at private residences need to be removed, Permanently! NO watering your lawns!!! History will repeat itself time and time again as civilizations are forced to move elsewhere because of drought.
creativetruth

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Keetah wrote:
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Farmers use about 97% of our water.
You realize that we do not not not not get our drinking or lawn watering water from the river....right? You know we get our city water from deep aquifers, not the river.....right? Uh oh. you don't know, do you?
yip yap yup

Las Cruces, NM

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Jul 1, 2011
 
ITOLDYOU wrote:
Effective immediately in all SW states---ALL outside faucets at private residences need to be removed, Permanently! NO watering your lawns!!! History will repeat itself time and time again as civilizations are forced to move elsewhere because of drought.
Yup, you're right, it's a "Dust Bowl" redux. And ancient historians write about the "Fertile Crescent" - but that's been a desert literally for several millenia because of poor agricultural practices going back to Old Testament times.

The issue is so bad world wide I'm gonna get me a tattoo "Ad Astra or perish", and am waiting hopefully for a ride on the next passing star ship. B-/
Valley Native

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The farmers are using water that they own. If you would like to buy this water and turn it over to a new golf course, I'm sure if the price is right it could be arranged.
aa jondo

Truth Or Consequences, NM

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Embarassed Republican wrote:
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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.
Actually, tamarisk, salt cedar is the main culprit. It was imported to our country to slow erosion, but that turned out to be another major mistake for government and its meddling with nature. There used to be a major program to irradicate it, but for some reason it has stopped. Salt Cedars are also very alergenic, and is a major cause of hay fever in the Valley. Also, it doesn't look like much of anything is going to help Martinez short of some heaven sent miracle. Look who she just appointed to the Mine Safety Board, a big contributor. Same with her $paceport appointment of J. Stagner. I know that is off topic, but facts is facts.
Brilliant

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#32
Jul 5, 2011
 
A fact that ties this all together is that aromatic trees at 7 per acre bring twice as much rain than they use.

Another important fact is that digging holes to capture rainwater rather than letting it run off sustains the water requirements of 2 people per acre.

On the down side, has anyone noticed that bottled soda is cheaper than bottled water? And that soda pop manufacturers are the ones selling bottled water?
TheQuestionWas

Elephant Butte, NM

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#33
Jul 5, 2011
 
So asking the gov for water is like chasing a rabbit. We should be asking the cola manufacturers!
Oh Susana

Las Cruces, NM

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#34
Jul 5, 2011
 
Why was the dam built in the first place? To regulate water flow for IRRIGATION in Southern New Mexico.
Dont buy it

Las Cruces, NM

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Jul 5, 2011
 
Brilliant wrote:
A fact that ties this all together is that aromatic trees at 7 per acre bring twice as much rain than they use.
Another important fact is that digging holes to capture rainwater rather than letting it run off sustains the water requirements of 2 people per acre.
On the down side, has anyone noticed that bottled soda is cheaper than bottled water? And that soda pop manufacturers are the ones selling bottled water?
Bottled water is one of the biggest frauds perpetrated on the consumer since...ever.

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