Meetings Watch: Legislative Water Committee/ Drought Subcommittee — July 23

The State Legislative Water and Natural Resources Committee and the Drought Subcommittee will meet Wednesday through Friday at the Clovis Civic Center to discuss the following:

Wednesday (noon 12-5 p.m.)

  • Meteorologist Chuck Jones will present a drought update that includes a historical perspective on the drought as well as a short and long term outlook.
  • Planning for the projected impacts of drought and effects of climate change.
  • Legislation addressing drought management from the 2000s
  • Update on the Pecos River priority call. A Pecos River priority call would cut off groundwater users in the Roswell-Artesia areas to protect farmers’ water rights in the Carlsbad district.

Thursday (9 a.m.-5 p.m.)

Use of recoverable water

Eastern New Mexico rural water supply project

Right to farm legislation will be discussed. Right-to-farm laws protect agricultural entities from lawsuits stemming from agricultural nuisances such as odor and noise.

Friday (noon-5 p.m.)

  • Thermal energy from forest biomass and renewable energy portfolio standards
  • Federal state and local cooperation in forest watershed and fire management

— Compiled by CMI staff writer Kevin Baird

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