Category Archives: Environment

Wildlife and the Border Wall

NMiF: Wildlife and the Border Wall

March 10, 2017 - President Trump promised on the campaign trail that he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border. Administration officials are now taking steps to begin new construction. What might that mean for wildlife and the environment in southern New Mexico? Correspondent Laura Paskus sits down this week with Garrett VeneKlasen, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, and Bryan Bird, southwest program director for Defenders of Wildlife.

More Reading:

Press release: Coalition of Conservation, Faith, and Community Leaders Ask Governor Martinez to Oppose Border Wall in New Mexico

Texas Tribune: Scientists say Trump's border wall would devastate wildlife habitat

Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico bill would block border wall

Arizona Daily Star: Another jaguar discovery in Southern Arizona adds to border-wall debate

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Jaguars and Ocelots in Southern Arizona (Trail camera photo gallery)

Myths About Water In The West

NMiF: John Fleck

March 3, 2017 - This week on New Mexico In Focus, we talk with John Fleck about his 2016 book, “Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West.” A reporter with the Albuquerque Journal for decades, Fleck now directs the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico. We talk about the Colorado River, New Mexico’s most pressing water issues and the role of science in solving tough disputes.

Further reading:

Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths about Water in the West—John Fleck
Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land and Water­—Fred M. Phillips, G. Emlen Hall, Mary E. Black
High and Dry: The Texas-New Mexico Struggle for the Pecos River—G. Emlen Hall
Next stop for Texas-NM water dispute: Supreme Court—Laura Paskus, NM Political Report
Assessment of Climate Change in the Southwest United States: A Report Prepared for the National Climate Assessment (2013)