Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and his water policy posse (including Reclamation Commissioner Mike Connor) will be at the Rio Grande Nature Center this afternoon to talk about water and public lands issues on the middle Rio Grande. Salazar and Connor are important players on the river because of Reclamation’s role in managing some of the water that flows through the system. It would be wrong to say Interior’s “in charge” of much of anything. It’s more of a cat-herding role. But it’s important cat herding, including central responsibility over Endangered Species Act compliance, which generally means keeping enough water in the river to meet bureaucratic targets for the Rio Grande silvery minnow.
Salazar’s agency also has the lead in the development of the Price’s Dairy wildlife refuge in the south valley – expect that to come up.
See the latest tweets on New Mexico water issues and from the discussion:
- Price’s Dairy and water rights
- Price’s Dairy as a wildlife refuge
- Reclamation’s role on the Colorado River (which matters here because we import Colorado River water)
- Reclamation and the current north-south New Mexico water war