Kudos to Rep. Phelps Anderson for his work this past legislative session to restore funding to the Strategic Water Reserve, an innovative water management tool that keeps more water in New Mexico’s rivers and allows us to proactively control our own water destiny, rather than letting it be dictated by the federal courts and other states.
Since it was created in 2005, over 4,500 acre-feet of water on the Pecos River and just over 1,000 acre-feet on the Rio Grande have been placed into the Strategic Water Reserve. Representative Anderson sponsored House Bill 281 to add funding to the Strategic Water Reserve, and $242,000 was ultimately appropriated by the Legislature.
This funding will allow the Strategic Water Reserve to continue its important work of acquiring water rights to enhance flows in New Mexico’s rivers and prevent conflicts over our scarce water resources. This is especially urgent now in order to allow the state to begin to prepare for a possible negative court ruling in the Texas v. New Mexico lawsuit, which might result in the Supreme Court ordering New Mexico to keep more water in the Lower Rio Grande.
Fred Nathan, Jr., Founder & Executive Director
Think New Mexico