Regional water symposium being held Tuesday

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By The Staff

A water symposium for northeastern New Mexico has been scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 30 at Luna Community College in Las Vegas.

The day will include speakers and discussions focusing on the region’s water plans.

Jointly sponsored by Community 1st Bank of Las Vegas, Luna Community College and the State Engineer, the event will be held in the Allied Health Lecture Hall on the Luna campus.

Dubbed the Northeastern New Mexico Regional Water Symposium, Richard Trujillo, community liaison for the State Engineer’s Office, says it’s the first of its kind, and will serve as a model for other symposiums around the state.

Between 100 and 150 people are expected to attend.

According to Trujillo, the focus will be on Northeast New Mexico and its water needs. Speakers are scheduled through the morning, including:
• State Engineer Scott Verhines.
•John Longworth, chief of the Water Use and Conservation/Subdivision Review Bureau of the State Engineer, speaking on drought predictions.
• Angela Bordegaray, state and regional water planner, on the three water plans in the region and their recommendations.
•Andrew Egan, director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute and a Highlands University professor, on area watersheds.

The afternoon will include roundtable discussions among the participants.

Rosemary Romero, a Santa Fe consultant, will be the facilitator for the symposium.

Trujillo said he hopes the event “will help us update our existing water plans with just the dialogue that we’re generating,” Trujillo said.