Friday, April 22, 2016

New Mexico water official orders investigation

New Mexico’s top water official has ordered his staff to investigate complaints from ranchers about the fencing of watering holes on some national forest lands. State Engineer Tom Blaine made the announcement Thursday after receiving a letter from dozens of state lawmakers who are concerned about the U.S. Forest Service’s efforts to protect the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. The lawmakers have asked Blaine to use his authority to stop the federal agency. Blaine says New Mexico continues to be concerned with federal mismanagement of public lands and effects on farmers, ranchers and their livelihoods. He says he’s committed to working with lawmakers and local communities to ensure access to needed water.  AP

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