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Mosquito season is going to be bad this year and one of the ways the city of Albuquerque is tackling the problem is by giving out a fish for people to put in birdbaths, ponds and ditches. But the fish can pose a risk to aquatic ecosystems.

Let's Talk Clean Water Act In New Mexico

Jul 11, 2019
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Let's Talk New Mexico 7/11 8a:  The Trump Administration has proposed a revision to the Clean Water Act that would exclude many of New Mexico’s ephemeral waterways from protection. Environmental advocates say that this would have a harmful impact on the state’s watersheds, but critics say the move would undo government overreach under the Obama Administration.

How would this impact your area of the state? Do you work in mining or agriculture? How your operations be affected? Are you concerned about water pollution? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet using the hashtag #LetsTalkNM or call in live.

Let's Talk New Mexico's Wet Spring

May 22, 2019
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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/23 8a: Higher than average rainfall and snowpack means we're experiencing one of its wettest springs in decades. The Rio Grande is running ten times higher than it was at this time during last year's drought. So much water increases flood risks and challenges us to remain conservation minded. Has all the rain changed your plans for farming or planting gardens? How are you remaining water conscious? Do you plan to go river rafting or sailing on one of our state’s lakes this year? Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet us using the hashtag #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

Marisa Demarco / KUNM

People around the state are used to seeing the flows in local rivers fluctuate. But this year, sandbars have started to widen and connect, and riverbanks are growing by yards. In some places down South, it’s completely dry for miles. KUNM caught up with journalist Laura Paskus of the New Mexico Political Report in a dry patch of the Rio Grande on Thursday morning. 

Laura Paskus

As high winds whipped dust, Siberian elm seeds and recycling bins around Albuquerque Thursday afternoon, dozens of people filed into the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Albuquerque office to hear the agency’s 2018 forecast for the Rio Grande.

“I’ll be the bearer of bad news,” said Reclamation’s Albuquerque Area Manager Jennifer Faler. “This is the most extreme shift we’ve had from one operating plan meeting to another.”

Let's Talk Water Rights And The Rio Grande

Mar 6, 2018
Paul Tashjan, USFWS

Let's Talk New Mexico 3/8 8a. Call 277-5866. A U.S. Supreme Court case could threaten New Mexico’s use of water from the Rio Grande. This week, justices allowed the federal government to join in a case brought by Texas, which alleges New Mexico has been taking more than its fair share and not letting enough flow downstream.

Trees

Mar 6, 2018
Wiki, Creative Commons

The Children's Hour, Sat 3/10 9a: Trees do a lot more for us than we ever do for them. This week we'll learn more about the mighty cottonwood, and other trees of New Mexico. Plus we'll have a live performance from High Desert Pipes and Drums to get us ready for St. Patrick's Day. 

In Deep Water

Jan 10, 2018
Laura Paskus

As severe drought returns to New Mexico, farmers and skiers alike fret over the state’s lack of snow. Meanwhile, on a cold, cloudy Monday morning in Washington, DC, attorneys for New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and the United States government grappled over the muddy waters of the Rio Grande.

New Mexico Hits The High Court On The Rio Grande

Jan 8, 2018
Laura Paskus

On a frigid Monday morning in the nation’s capital, as most of the press corps turned its attention toward a water dispute between Florida and Georgia, attorneys for New Mexico and Colorado tried to fend off the ability of the United States government to protect its water interests on the Rio Grande.

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Thc Children's Hour: Learn about the porcupines of the Rio Grande Valley with biologist Dan Shaw and some of his team of student scientists. These elusive furry rodents are hanging out along the river, and are often misunderstood and feared. Porcupines! Originally broadcast November 11, 2017 with music by Zee Avi, Bayou Seco, Artichoke  and Trepsi. 

Ancient Albuquerque

Jul 12, 2017
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7/15, Sat 9a, The Children's Hour: The middle Rio Grande valley has been home to people for over 10,000 years. Find out about ancient Albuquerque with our guest, archaeologist Dr. Matt Schmader. With great music, a family events calendar, the KUNM Kids Birthday Club, and so much more. Join us!

Albuquerque Tightens Water Pollution Oversight

Aug 12, 2016
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Pollution flowing out of Albuquerque in the Rio Grande is a problem for Isleta Pueblo and other downstream communities. Now the city is boosting oversight of water contaminants. 

Laura Paskus/New Mexico In Depth

During the irrigation season in New Mexico, the Rio Grande is allowed to go completely dry in some stretches. Even Saturday’s intense thunderstorm in Albuquerque hasn’t sustained flows in some regions of the river south of the city.

Rio Grande Restoration 'No Silver Bullet'

Dec 21, 2015
Rita Daniels

Cochiti Dam is one of the largest earthen dams in the country. The Rio Grande was transformed after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finished building it in the 1970s.

Some communities downstream experienced serious negative impacts, and the river's ecosystem suffered.

But a lawsuit may have federal water managers shifting the way they manipulate water flows out of the dam to support wildlife.

Seeking Clarity On Storm Runoff

May 27, 2015
Ed Williams

It’s a peaceful scene on the banks of the Rio Grande south of Albuquerque, with ducks paddling on the slow moving current and the breeze rustling the willows at the water’s edge. But not all is well with the river, says Rich Schrader of the conservation group River Source. He’s out analyzing water samples with students, and there’ve been some troubling results—mainly, the turbidity, or murkiness, of the water.

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