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New Mexico's critical water problems examined at NMSU conference Oct. 18-20

A panel discussion on economic development and land use, observations on the looming crisis of water quality and the question of whether "new water" is really available will highlight the 50th Annual New Mexico Water Conference Oct. 18-20 at the Corbett Center Auditorium on the New Mexico State University campus.

le of this year's conference is "New Mexico Water: Past, Present and Future or Guns, Lawyers and Money." The conference is hosted by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute.

Conference speakers include Lowell Catlett, NMSU Regents Professor of agricultural economics and agricultural business, who will discuss "21st Century Agriculture in a 21st Century Urban World," and Charles DuMars of the Law and Resource Planning Associates, P.C., and the University of New Mexico School of Law, who will discuss preserving water for future generations.

Other speakers include Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner John Keys III, State Engineer John D'Antonio and Estevan Lopez of the Interstate Stream Commission.

The conference includes a tour of Elephant Butte Dam on Oct. 18 and a banquet on Oct. 19 with nationally acclaimed cowboy-poet Baxter Black, a frequent commentator on National Public Radio.

Seating in the Corbett Center Auditorium is limited. Cost of the conference is $250. Students are encouraged to attend and will be given a special rate.

For more information call Cathy Ortega Klett at (505) 646-1195.