Category Archives: Climate

Our Land: Wells Going Dry In The East Mountains

NMiF: Our Land

October 13, 2017 - This month on “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” we take a trip over the Sandia Mountains to learn about what’s happening with groundwater levels in places like Sandia Park and Edgewood.

In recent years, more and more people have seen their domestic wells dry up. Some people drill deeper wells, while others pay to haul water or try to hook into the local water utility.

Issues of water will only become more important in the coming years, as the climate continues warming, and new developments demand more water. One important key to tackling the problems of water scarcity is understanding the aquifer itself—and what’s happening below the ground.

For more information:

Bernalillo County Water Level Monitoring Project:
http://www.bernco.gov/uploads/FileLinks/5f25299d44114c5c970be6774be2e91d/BC_Water_Level_Monitoring_Project_Flyer.pdf

Dry groundwater wells in the western United States, by D. Perrone and S. Jasechko: http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aa8ac0/pdf

District 3 and 5 Albuquerque city council candidates, a discussion about faith leaders who are speaking out about race and equality, plus the Line panel.

NMiF: Dr. Richard Wood

This week on New Mexico in Focus, correspondent Megan Kamerick sits down with the candidates in district 3 and district 5 in this year’s city council races in Albuquerque.

And producer Sarah Gustavus talks with Dr. Richard Wood from UNM about faith leaders who are speaking out about race and equality across the country.

NMiF host Gene Grant and the Line panelists take on some of the top stories in news headlines this week, including what New Mexico’s education plan, newly approved by the U.S. Education Department, will mean for the state’s schools. They also discuss a judge’s ruling that ten of Governor Susana Martinez’s vetoes from this year’s legislative session were invalid, and look at New Mexico’s reactions to the racial violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Host:
Gene Grant

Correspondents:
Sarah Gustavus
Megan Kamerick

Studio Guests:
Klarissa Peña, District 3 Candidate (Incumbent)
Christopher Sedillo, District 3 Candidate
Robert J. Aragon, District 5 Candidate
Cynthia Borrego, District 5 Candidate
Catherine Trujillo, District 5 Candidate
Richard L. Wood, professor, UNM Department of Sociology

Line Panelists:          
Merritt Allen, Vox Optima LLC
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP
H. Diane Snyder, former state senator
Harry Van Buren, professor in UNM Anderson School of Management

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