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Protecting New Mexico’s Waters: A Blueprint for the Future

16 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2010  

Denise Fort

University of New Mexico School of Law

Date Written: March 5, 2010

Abstract

Aquatic species are imperiled by water diversions, introduced species, pollution and now climate change. In the western U.S., water law rewards the withdrawal and use of water, rather than leaving water instream for ecological, recreational and other purposes. New Mexico has no statutory protections for environmental flows and is increasing its diversions of water from rivers. This paper discusses the status of instream flows in the state and proposes policies to better protect the state’s waters.

Keywords: environment, natural resources, rivers, ecology, New Mexico

Suggested Citation

Fort, Denise, Protecting New Mexico’s Waters: A Blueprint for the Future (March 5, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1565718 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1565718

Denise Fort (Contact Author)

University of New Mexico School of Law ( email )

1117 Stanford, N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87131
United States

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