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Grant County Democratic Party Unanimously Approves
Non-Diversion AWSA Water Project
Silver City, NM / April 9, 2013
Delegates to the April 6, 2013, Grant County Democratic Party Convention unanimously approved a resolution declaring support for the Grant County Water Commission’s (GCWC) AWSA Regional Water Project proposal. This proposal is one of 16 proposed southwest New Mexico projects now being evaluated by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission under the Arizona Water Settlements Act (AWSA).
Under the AWSA, the state of New Mexico may elect to use $66 million of a guaranteed federal subsidy for meeting non-diversion water supply demands in Catron, Luna, Hidalgo, and Grant counties.
The GCWC’s proposal includes the development of a new water well field in the vicinity of Grant County Airport and a water pipeline from the well field to the Town of Hurley, which does not have its own supply of water. Hurley currently gets it water from the Freeport-McMoRan mine, but the contract with the mine will expire in about six years.
In addition, the Grant County Democratic Party resolution supports using Grant County’s share of the $66 million AWSA subsidy to help pay for the infrastructure construction of an inter-community pipeline that would link the public water supplies of Hurley, Bayard, Santa Clara, Silver City, and public water delivery systems in adjacent unincorporated areas. The resolution also supports the equitable expenditure among the counties of
Catron, Grant, Hidalgo and Luna of the $66 million AWSA subsidy for non-diversion water projects that meet these county’s critical long-term water needs.
“We use resolutions sparingly,” Mary Hotvedt, re-elected GCDP Chair, said. “That the resolution passed unanimously was a show of unity over a critical issue to the region’s vitality: The safety of a future water supply for our county’s communities. It was a nobrainer for convention delegates to support the use of the $66 million AWSA subsidy for Grant County Water Commission’s non-diversion project.”
“Because the project would rely on existing water sources to support a regional water distribution system and would be paid for at least in part by the guaranteed federal AWSA subsidy if it’s funded, it is clearly the best way to go,” Walter “Ski” Szymanski, the resolution’s author said. “Hopefully, the ISC commissioners will also see the value of this project. The Grant County Democratic Party calls on the Interstate Stream Commissioners to approve the $66 million in AWSA funds that the Grant County Water Commission project asks for.”
A PDF of this release and the resolution is available here.
Prescribed Burn Is Scheduled on Glenwood Ranger District
Created on Monday, 08 April 2013 12:15
The Glenwood Ranger District, Gila National Forest, is continuing prescribed burning within the Snare Mesa project area scheduled for April 22 – May 11, 2013. Start of the burn will depend on weather conditions; any significant rain may delay the project.
Objective: eliminate slash (logs, bark, branches, etc.) leftover from a thinning project
Location: 10 miles northwest of the Community of Glenwood and near the Roberts Park/ Smoothing Iron area
Fuel type: sparse grass and thinning slash
Smoke may be visible along U.S. Highway 180 near Alma, NM. If driving in the vicinity, please exercise caution due to fire personnel and vehicles working along Catron County roads C003 and C057.
Further information may be obtained by contacting the Glenwood Ranger District at 575.539.2481.
Office of Sustainability to hold community meeting on
increasing weather risks and health consequences
Created on Friday, 29 March 2013 17:28
On April 10, the Office of Sustainability will host its second Community Meeting to educate and seek public comment on issues related to the development of Silver City’s Sustainability Plan 2030. The Plan is addressing how we might better prepare for increasing weather risks.
The first event was held on February 19th, and at least 150 people attended to listen to the NM State Climatologist, Dr. David DuBois, discuss our State’s past and projected changing weather. The second event will be held at the Global Resource Center, Wed, April 10, 6:30-8:00 pm.
The event will focus on Public Health. For the first hour, Mary Stoecker, NMDOH, will facilitate discussion about changing weather and health around a series of questions. Also, Dr. DuBois is returning because his professional specialty is air quality, including wind-born particulates and pathogens, and he has been working with the NMDOH on related issues. For the remaining half hour of the event, Dr. DuBois will present and discuss Drought Impacts on Dust and Health – respiratory issues for children and adults: asthma, allergies & valley fever.
This event is particularly timely, as many have loved ones who are suffering during our windy and dusty season.
There is no charge, and all are welcome. Contact Terry Timme – firstname.lastname@example.org – with questions.
Project to keep local food from going to waste
Created on Monday, 01 April 2013 15:32
“Waste not, want not,” says an old adage, but according to the Fruit and Agricultural Organization over 52 percent of fruit and vegetables go to waste each year.
The Gleaning Project is spearheaded Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities (HKHC), the Grant County Community Health Council and Western New Mexico University Natural Sciences Department. Also a partner is the Volunteer Center, which oversees the local food pantry.
The project focuses on gleaning existing fruit trees and gardens. Gleaning means to harvest after the regular gathers, taking food that might otherwise go to waste. The Project intends to connect fruit tree and garden owners with volunteers to glean extra produce for a portion of the crop. An additional portion would benefit local anti-hunger programs.
The project was inspired by Marcus Woodard, a local anti-hunger activist. Woodard created a map of fruit trees and other edibles available around downtown Silver City. Woodard says, “I saw so much fruit that went unpicked on trees, just rotting. I wanted to see the trees that had community access get harvested to feed people.” The map has previously been for sale at Javalina’s Coffee House and the Silver City Farmers’ Market.
In April, the Gleaning Project will be collecting tree locations at Earth Day and the Home and Garden Show. The final project will be presented at the WNMU Academic Research Symposium on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at the Miller Library.
For more information on the Gleaning Project or to register trees or gardens call Jensen or Milligan at 388.1198 or email: email@example.com.