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Michael Campana, (505) 277-7759 or
Steve Carr, (505) 277-1821

February 20, 2002

UNM TALK FOCUSES ON NEW MEXICO WATER ISSUES

A talk featuring Dr. Bill Turner, a consulting hydrogeologist from American Ground Water Consultants, is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. at Dane Smith Hall, room 120 on the University of New Mexico campus.

Turner’s talk will center on a number of “hot” water issues in New Mexico including: Climate Change, Northern New Mexico’s Water Problem, A Day with the Natural Resources Trustee, Texans Attack and Southern New Mexico: An Insecure Water Future.

“Water is one of the most important issues facing New Mexico, said Michael Campana, director of the Water Resources Program at UNM. “Bill Turner, one of the best-known hydrogeologists in New Mexico, will give his viewpoints on a number of important water issues.”

In addition to his work with American Ground Water Consultants, Turner is a broker of water and water rights at WaterBank.com and is also the State of New Mexico’s Natural Resources Trustee. Turner has been active in water resource issues in New Mexico and internationally for more than 35 years.

Turner was quoted in a recent article in the Smithsonian Magazine on the acequias of northern New Mexico. Acequias are man-made earthen channels, or ditches, which convey water to tracts of land. In the article Turner talks about acequias, their history and tradition, how they have functioned to serve the people of northern New Mexico, and how water has become an increasingly precious commodity throughout the Southwest. The talk is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served. Dane Smith Hall is at the corner of Yale and Las Lomas.

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