Our Land

By: Laura Paskus The tony neighborhoods tucked into the juniper-dotted grasslands on the east side of the Sandia Mountains represent yet another battleground in New Mexico’s water wars, one in which the state’s top water official has abandoned one side … Continue reading East Mountain water application spurs protests from residents, silence from State Engineer

March 8, 2018 – This month on Our Land, we visit with tree ring scientist Tom Swetnam, a professor emeritus at the University of Arizona. Swetnam has studied forest ecology and fire regimes in the southwestern United States, including in … Continue reading Our Land: Preparing Homes For Fire Season

February 9, 2018 – This month on “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” we head to Sandia Peak—and learn what’s missing up there right now. With Kerry Jones, a warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, we … Continue reading Our Land: Record Low Snowpack In New Mexico

January 12, 2018 – This month on “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present and Future,” we visit Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro. Many people visit the refuge during the winter months to get an up-close look … Continue reading Our Land: Bosque del Apache

US Supreme Court to decide how states share the drying Rio Grande, and New Mexico could lose big By Laura Paskus  As severe drought returns to New Mexico, farmers and skiers alike fret over the state’s lack of snow. Meanwhile, … Continue reading In Deep Water

New Mexico hits the high court on the Rio Grande By Laura Paskus WASHINGTON, DC—On a frigid Monday morning in the nation’s capital, as most of the press corps turned its attention toward a water dispute between Florida and Georgia, … Continue reading Justices question lawyers from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas about feds’ role in water dispute

December 8, 2017 – More than 20 years ago, Dan Shaw co-founded the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program, or BEMP, with the late-Cliff Crawford, a biology professor at the University of New Mexico. Today, thousands of New Mexico students from the … Continue reading Students & Scientists Benefit From The Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program

November 10, 2017 – The Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in the South Valley is an open green space surrounded by industrial businesses. It was once a dairy farm. When local residents heard the property was going up for … Continue reading Our Land: Valle de Oro

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 … Continue reading Our Land: Wells Going Dry In The East Mountains

September 8, 2017 – This month Our Land highlights wildlife and habitat restoration on Santa Ana Pueblo. Already, the tribe had undertaken riparian restoration along the Rio Grande and Jemez River and reintroduced species that are culturally significant. They’re also studying predators like bears and … Continue reading OUR LAND: Pueblo of Santa Ana Works To Restore Habitat & Bring Back Wildlife