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NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS “New Mexico’s Drought Crisis” Multi-Part Series

June 13, 2013

First Two Weeks – June 14-16 & June 21-23

Ch. 5.1 – Fridays at 7 p.m. & Repeats: Sundays at 7 a.m.
Ch. 9.1 – Saturdays at 5 p.m.

Albuquerque, NM – NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is New Mexico PBS’ prime-time news magazine show covering the events, issues, and people that are shaping life in New Mexico and the Southwest.

Over the next few month, beginning June 14 & 21, in addition to covering breaking issues, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS will begin a new, multi-part series, focusing on “NEW MEXICO’s DROUGHT CRISIS.” NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS airs Fridays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 7 a.m. on Ch. 5.1; and on Saturdays at 5 p.m. on Ch..9.1

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS will explore the impact of climate change on the Southwest’s water supply, and will then look at questions concerning New Mexico itself – How secure are our water rights? Will water be the defining element economically, politically, and be the ultimate influence on life in New Mexico in the coming decades? Can New Mexico expect to continue basing its economy on growth? Can the historical way of growing crops in this state be sustained? If it comes to a decision as to where water will be distributed – to agricultural users or to municipalities – who will make those decisions, who will receive the water they need, and what will that mean to the culture and citizens of the state?

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS – June 14 – 16
Guest: William deBuys, Writer and Conservationist

Latest Book: A GREAT ARIDNESS: Climate Change and the Future of the American Southwest

In A Great Aridness, William deBuys paints a compelling picture of what the Southwest might look like when the heat turns up and the water runs out. This semi-arid land, vulnerable to water shortages, rising temperatures, wildfires, and a host of other environmental challenges, is poised to bear the heaviest consequences of global environmental change in the United States. Examining interrelated factors such as vanishing wildlife, forest die backs, and the over-allocation of the already stressed Colorado River–upon which nearly 30 million people depend–the author narrates the landscape’s history–and future. He tells the inspiring stories of the climatologists and others who are helping untangle the complex, interlocking causes and effects of global warming. And while the fate of this region may seem at first blush to be of merely local interest, what happens in the Southwest, deBuys suggests, will provide a glimpse of what other mid-latitude arid lands worldwide–the Mediterranean Basin, southern Africa, and the Middle East–will experience in the coming years.

William deBuys is the author of seven books, which range from memoir and biography to environmental history and studies of place. A native of Maryland, he attended the University of North Carolina, where he was graduated with highest honors in 1972. Soon afterwards, the writer and social critic Robert Coles brought him to New Mexico as a research assistant, initiating deBuys’s deep relationship with the cultures and landscapes of the Southwest.

NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS – June 21 – 23
Guests: John D’ Antonio and Bruce Thomson
(Both men have a long history with New Mexico’s water resources – See below)

Topics: Water Management, Growth, and Resources

John D’Antonio is currently Deputy District Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District. During his 9 year tenure as NM State Engineer, D’Antonio was Secretary of the Interstate Stream Commission, Chairman of: the Water Trust Board; Governor’s Water Infrastructure Investment Team; and the Governor’s Drought Task Force. He also served as the New Mexico Commissioner to the Rio Grande,
Costilla, and Upper Colorado River Compacts. He was formerly Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department in 2002. He served as the Director of the Water Resource Allocation Program for the Office of the State Engineer from 2001 to 2002 and served as the District 1 Supervisor in Albuquerque from 1998 to 2001. D’Antonio previously had worked 15 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a hydraulic design engineer, as the Chief of the Hydrology, Hydraulics, Sedimentation, and Floodplain Management Program.

Dr. Bruce M. Thomson is Director of the UNM Water Resources Program. For decades, he has been heavily involved in water and sustainability issues within New Mexico. He is a Regents Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of New Mexico.

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Matt Grubs. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer.
Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation.

Involved, informed, in-depth media: watch NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS again online at www.newmexicopbs.org shortly thereafter.

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