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September 11, 2015

Important Land And Water Conservation Funding Act Set To Expire -- KSFR

Conservationists and state representatives gathered earlier this week at the Valles Caldera – a sprawling 89-thousand acre preserve in northern New Mexico- to discuss the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act. This fund, which has preserved land in every state funding more than 40000 state and local conservation projects, is set to expire at the end of the month. Senator Tom Udall was among those gathered. -- 9/11/2015

 

Basin Study Projects Shortfall in Future Water Supply for Santa Fe Basin in New Mexico  -- Globe NewsWire

The Bureau of Reclamation released a study of the Santa Fe Basin that found that the water supply for Santa Fe, absent implementation of new strategies, is not adequate to meet future demands even without the influence of climate change. 

The Santa Fe Basin Study identifies shortages in the water supply and potential adaptation strategies to meet the water needs described in the basin's 40-year water demand projections. The area's population is expected to increase about 80 percent by 2055 and, unless action is taken, would be expected to result in a shortfall of about 5,155 acre-feet of water per year, the amount of water that provides for more than 20,000 people. When different climate change scenarios were incorporated into the study, water shortfalls of between 6,342 acre-feet to 9,323 acre-feet per year were projected.  -- 9/10/2015