Let's see what the City of Las Cruces says:
Jay Stein, a lawyer representing the city of Las Cruces, who has filed as an intervener in the case, said the outcome of the hearing could potentially affect the city's water supply. "In the pending water rights adjudication in state district court, here in Las Cruces, the court has turned to the United States' claims. Foremost among these is the issue of the United States' claims to "groundwater' or to "project water in the ground,' as they have termed it. These claims are not supported by any actual beneficial use of groundwater. Nor are they supported by state law which governs proceedings in the adjudication."These water claims are unqualified but potentially could amount to hundreds of thousands of acre-feet per year." City Utilities Director Jorge Garcia later added, "If the feds end up owning the groundwater, it would negatively affect any future water planning the city would want to do."
Let's see. According to the Mayor and City Council its great for the feds to own over 80% of the land in the county, but its bad for the same folks to own or control the water?
They've assured all of us in their support of a 600,000 acre National Monument that we'll have plenty of input into a management plan but federal ownership of the water would "negatively affect any future water planning" of the city?
They've passed resolution after resolution asking the feds to protect the land but they are opposed to the feds protecting the water?
Come on Mayor, what's wrong with "democracy at work" when it comes to water?
They shouldn't worry. I'm sure the NM Wilderness Alliance can produce a study showing federal ownership and protection of the water would bring us jobs and "a more robust economic future."
To be consistent, we need an Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument and a Steinborn-Miyagishima Water Wilderness.
I'm that will bring us a bright future!