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Our Land: Kirtland Air Force Base Fuel Spill Update

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October 11, 2019 – New Mexico’s past, present and future are inextricably linked to the military. While the state’s three military bases, two national labs and other test sites provide a steady stream of federal dollars, they come at a cost. In Albuquerque, decades of jet fuel leaks at Kirtland Air Force Base have polluted the soil and water below the state’s largest city. Since 2015, the Air Force has been cleaning up in earnest. Local leaders say they’d still like to have more information about how much of the spill has been remediated. Environmental correspondent Laura Paskus visits the military’s treatment facility.

Kate Lynnes, Senior Advisor, Bulk Fuels Facility Remediation Project
Maggie Hart Stebbins,Bernalillo County Commissioner
Diane Agnew, Environmental Manager, Albuquerque Water Utility Authority 

For Further Reading:

The Plume That Would Not DieWeekly Alibi

Interest wanes in KAFB spill advisory boardNM Political Report

Inside the fuel treatment facility — New Mexico Environment Department

Our Land: Toxic Blue-Green Algae Blooms in New Mexico Lakes

Our Land Blue Green Algae

September 13, 2019 – In this month’s episode of Our Land, correspondent Laura Paskus visits Cochiti and Abiquiu lakes, which were closed to swimming in August because of blooms of blue-green algae. Contact with the blooms, which are triggered by things like high water temperatures and an influx of nutrients from upstream farms, grazing lands, or wastewater treatment plants, can make people and animals sick. With a warming climate, such algae blooms are likely to become more common in coming years.

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Line Panelists:
Becky Bixby, research assistant professor, UNM Department of Biology
John Mueller, operations project manager, Abiqiui Lake, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kristopher Barrios, program manager, New Mexico Environment Department
Monika Hobbs, graduate student, UNM Department of Biology
Mollie Hanttula, graduate student, UNM Department of Biology

For Further Reading:
Blooms close lakes – Albuquerque Journal

Algae is a danger to dogs – KRQE-TV

Historic information on algae blooms – NM Water Resources Research Institute