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Drought-Stricken New Mexico to Consider
Legislation Addressing Drought, Conservation

Jan. 14, 2014, 12:46 AM

Water-related legislation that, among other things, would encourage conservation and give a boost to the water-harvesting industry has been pre-filed in advance of New Mexico’s 30-day legislative session that begins Jan. 21.

Three measures filed at the New Mexico Legislature so far capture the spotlight.

H.B. 25 would provide $2 million from the state general fund for the Water Resources Research Institute at New Mexico State University, a statewide consortium based in Las Cruces, N.M., that works on water research, education and outreach. Sen. Timothy Keller and Rep. Rodolpho’ Martinez, both Democrats, co-sponsor the bill.

The Legislature established the institute...

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