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Rep. Melanie Stansbury on New Mexico Water & the Rio Grande

Laura Paskus, Executive Producer of “Our Land: New Mexico’s Environmental Past, Present, and Future,” on NMPBS talks with U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury, D-NM, about her three water bills that passed the U.S. House of Representatives for inclusion in the Wildfire Response and Drought Resiliency Act.

At the end of July, just as Stansbury’s bills were moving through the House, people living in Albuquerque watched the Rio Grande dry through the city for the first time in almost forty years.

For decades, that river’s also been drying to the south during the summer irrigation season, sometimes for long stretches, in the San Acacia and Isleta reaches of the river, near Los Lunas and Socorro.

As we covered that drying on New Mexico in Focus and on social media, lots of people reached out, asking what they can do.

It’s a hard question to answer. But someone who is doing something and has lots of ideas about what more can be done is Stansbury.

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