Congratulations to the Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly and the Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments for developing a water management plan for the region.

The two groups met in Los Lunas last week to work on the plan. There were people from all walks of life: farmers, environmentalists, representatives from the municipalities, folks who are simply interested in making sure our region has water in the future. Without water, none of us will make it around here. Without water, we’ll all curl up and blow away.

If nothing else, participants learned some stunning information about water, including the fact that evaporation from Elephant Butte Reservoir uses up 27 percent of the area’s water consumption.

More than 64 people turned out to help address the question and anyone who knows anything about apathy understands that that was a tremendous surge of interest.

We would be foolish indeed if we didn’t start planning right away and come up with different ways to save water things that we can begin implementing right away.

It’s a difficult and extremely complex equation, with data that non-experts may need a lot of training to understand. But holding meetings such as the one in Los Lunas can do nothing but help.

We encourage everyone to become involved in this plan, to make sure their opinions and ideas are included in the plan.

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