The Middle Rio Grande Valley has enjoyed moisture over the last few weeks. However, although it appears that rain, water and hopefully snow will be in abundance, the fact of the matter is we remain in a critical drought. The issues facing us in New Mexico did not happen overnight, and the solutions for creating a better environment are before us if we take common sense steps on our water issues.
As the N.M. state representative for District 11, I represent constituents of Bernalillo County. As we continue to experience drought conditions in New Mexico and the Southwest, I am committed to working with my counterparts to foster water solutions that will positively impact our economies and communities.
As a member of the New Mexico House Appropriations, Taxation and Revenue and Rules and Business committees, I understand the importance of long-term strategies and conservation efforts that are needed to ensure that our beautiful state and communities thrive. In the summer of 2018, Middle Rio Grande municipalities and entities agreed to water releases to maintain healthy rivers:
• Belen released 97 million gallons of water.