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Four Corners irrigation workshop to address area water issues

FARMINGTON - Water issues affecting the San Juan Basin will be addressed during the Four Corners irrigation workshop May 2-3, at the Farmington Civic Center.

Updates on the San Juan Basin re-adjudication, presented by the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer, and the Navajo water settlement by the Interstate Stream Commission will be among the items presented during the first day's agenda.

The May 2 program will begin at 8 a.m. with registration. The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Included on the agenda are Keith Duncan, New Mexico State University Extension brush specialist, discussing Russian olive and salt cedar control; Cecilia Abeyta, director of the Farm Bureau's Legislative Affairs, reporting on the Year of Water legislative activity; Rudy Garcia, Natural Resource Conservation Service irrigation specialist, talking about irrigation scheduling; Dan Smeal, college associate professor at NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, reporting on consumptive water use of crops; and Allen Maez, NRCS district conservationist, introducing the cost share program with NRCS.

The second day's activities will be a field trip to Hammond Diversion, Main Canal and pumping station; Navajo Agricultural Products Industry headquarters; and the NMSU Agricultural Science Center at Farmington. Participants in the Thursday activities will meet at McGee Park at 8 a.m.

The Four Corners irrigation workshop is sponsored by NMSU's San Juan County Cooperative Extension Service, NMSU's Agricultural Science Center at Farmington, San Juan County Soil and Water Board, San Juan County Farm and Livestock Bureau, Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Bureau of Reclamation. The workshop is part of NMSU's continuing outreach efforts to help educate and improve the lives of people around New Mexico and the region.

Admission and meals are free, due to a grant through the Bureau of Reclamation. In order to plan meals and transportation, pre-registration is required before April 25. Call the San Juan Cooperative Extension Service office at (505) 334-9496 to register.