Water Resources in New Mexicoby Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham
Posted on 2014-01-15
LUJAN GRISHAM of New Mexico asked and was given
permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend
Ms. MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM of New Mexico. Mr. Speaker, in Western
States like New Mexico, where we continue to endure severe drought, it
has become clear that water is a resource that can no longer be taken
Instead, we must recognize just how essential it is for households, for businesses, for the environment, for jobs, for life, and we must rise to the challenge because New Mexico can and should be the next innovation hub for water management technology.
New Mexico is reported to have approximately 15.4 billion acre feet of brackish water. That is enough to sustain 3 million people for 300 years.
Our communities could greatly benefit from investments in desalination technology, which would create a new water supply for our municipalities, businesses and industry, while also leading to more jobs and more economic development.
Mr. Speaker, we must continue investing in water technology initiatives, not only to better manage existing water resources but to unlock alternative water resources.
I eagerly anticipate the input from my constituents and colleagues as we set a dynamic course that will demonstrate to the region, to the country, and the world that New Mexico can respond to adversity and become a leader in water resources management.