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Gila River diversion plan ‘fatally flawed,’ water expert says.
A proposal to divert water from the Gila River in southwest New Mexico underestimates the cost and overestimates the water available, the former head of the New Mexico state agency considering the idea says.
The project, as currently formulated, is “fatally flawed,” former New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission head Norm Gaume said in an interview Monday.
The Interstate Stream Commission, the agency Gaume headed from 1997 to 2002, has decided by to proceed with a possible water project that would take water out of the Gila, possibly with a small dam, for farm or city use somewhere in southwest New Mexico. A state-funded analysis published in January estimated the cost of the project at between $280 million and $469 million.
Norm Gaume, appointed by Republican Gov. Gary Johnson to head the Interstate Stream Commission, said that after reviewing the project study he is convinced that the cost is likely to be far higher. Gaume testified Thursday before the Senate Conservation Committee, which is considering legislation related to the project.
Moderator: Former Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Alan Webber
Pino will be speaking about the upcoming legislative session and what he views as the most important and possibly contentious issue that will be faced there. Behavioral health service reforms, marijuana legalization, budget changes and the Governor's proposals on education, economic growth and child abuse will all be discussed, along with any issues the audience would like to ask about.
Gerald P. "Jerry" Ortiz y Pino is a Democratic member of the New Mexico Senate, representing the 12th District since 2005. He succeeded Richard Romero, a fellow Democrat who ran for Congress in 2002 & 2004 and for mayor of Albuquerque.
Moderator: Chris Johnson, Santa Fe artist, radio host, and poet
Stuckey is an author, editor, and spiritual advisor whose passion is reconnecting people with nature. She received a PhD in religious studies and feminist theory from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She has been involved in Earth advocacy in each of the cities where she's lived.
Did you know that one of the foundations of capitalism rests on a religious idea—that human beings are selfish to the core? In Kissed by a Fox Priscilla Stuckey takes apart this and other myths about nature, showing how the ecological crisis is powered by wildly mistaken notions about other creatures and ourselves. Stuckey encourages us to open ourselves to the possibilities of a truly connected life.
Kissed by a Fox won several awards, including the 2013 WILLA Award in Creative Nonfiction.
Mariel Nanasi is the Executive Director and President of New Energy Economy. A civil rights and criminal defense attorney, she is licensed to practice in both the state and federal courts. Legal cases she has won and settled have been featured in the major media, including the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, and on many television stations, including a documentary, “End of the Nightstick,” on PBS. When Mariel realized the urgency of climate change, she came to work for New Energy Economy as the senior policy advisor. Two years later, she was asked to serve as executive director. A zealous organizer, Mariel’s can-do spirit is infectious. As comfortable with complex policy and legal challenges as on-the-ground organizing, she easily connects with the public, including young Hispanic artists, firefighters on the front lines, acequia caretakers, grassroots Native leaders, funders, and legislators. Mariel lectures on climate change and environmental justice at conferences and college classrooms and her essay,
With Mariel Namasi, Executive Director of New Energy Economy, and Teresa Leger de Fernandez, President of Homewise, the award-winning affordable housing and lending organization and founder Leger Law & Strategy in Santa Fe, NM, an expansion of her 26 years as General Counsel to Native American Tribes.
A Future Without Coal: In New Mexico Supreme Court, Again, can be read at:
Teresa Leger de Fernandez founded Leger Law & Strategy in Santa Fe, NM, an expansion of her 26 years as General Counsel to Native American Tribes, minority businesses, and community enterprises. Teresa is the President of Homewise, an award-winning affordable housing and lending organization, was a member of the New Mexico Community Foundation Board, and served as the Vice President of MALDEF (the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund). She is Vice-Chair of the National Center on Genome Resources and serves as an American Bar Association Commissioner on Women.
President Obama recently appointed Teresa to the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, and in 1995, President Clinton appointed her a White House Fellow. The National Law Journal recognized her as one of the top 40 US attorneys under 40 in 1996. She is featured in the book Mujeres Valerosas and in the documentary “Reclaiming Their Voice: The Native American Vote in New Mexico.”
Here is a recent article in The Santa Fe New Mexican on Green Energy Economy:
Huge People Power Victory! Mayor Gonzales and Councilor Ives announce the creation of a Santa Fe Public Power Utility at this morning's Climate Action Summit.
Our leaders have answered the call!
At the Climate Action Summit this morning Mayor Gonzales announced that the City of Santa Fe will be creating a Santa Fe Public Power Utility in order to pursue rapid renewable energy deployment, local green economic development, and an aggressive GHG mitigation strategy.
The Mayor emphasized the need for decisive action in order to protect this beautiful land that we love and in order to bring the benefits of green solutions like solar to ALL members of the community. In addition to the creation of the municipal utility, the Mayor announced the City’s pursuit of its own community solar program whereby renters and business owners will be able to invest in and benefit from solar.
New Energy Economy has been working with community members and City leadership for five years to develp a path for community-based power. This evening during the Finance Committee meeting, Councilor Ives will introduce an Ordinance that establishes the City's Public Power Utility using its authority to do so under state law.
This is the first and most critical step that will open up a number of opportunities for the City to pursue a variety of options for green-energy-driven economic development and carbon emissions reductions through Santa Fe's own locally controlled electric utility. Whether our community decides to finance incentives for distributed generation roof-top solar with the utility bonding authority it will require, implement broad sweeping energy efficiency measures, or use our power of eminent domain to take over the current electric grid in Santa Fe, this Ordinance opens up those doors of possibility and gives the City the authority to make energy decisions based on the best interest of our community and the demands of the current climate crisis.
Let's all come together to rally behind the City as it takes the first step in asserting our community’s right to manage our energy resources in alignment with our community's values and vision for a sustainable future.