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Interior Dept.'s Raley To Give NMSU Water Lecture Oct. 5

LAS CRUCES - A top Interior Department official will address the state's water policy at a special New Mexico State University lecture series Oct. 5 in Las Cruces.

Assistant Interior Secretary Bennett Raley will speak Oct. 5 at New Mexico State University as part of its water lecture series. (09/21/2004) (Courtesy Photo by Kip White)

Assistant Interior Secretary Bennett Raley will speak at 1 p.m. at NMSU's Corbett Center Auditorium. The free, public seminar is part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, Water Resources Research Institute and civil and geological engineering department.

"We're pleased that such an outstanding leader is participating in our lecture series," said Task Force coordinator Craig Runyan. "As assistant secretary for Water and Science, Bennett Raley is responsible for overseeing the Bureau of Reclamation and the U. S. Geological Survey. Both agencies are critical to future use of water in New Mexico."

Before being tapped for the Interior post, Raley served as special assistant attorney general for New Mexico's State Engineer's office and Interstate Stream Commission, in federal court litigation in the Rio Grande and Pecos River basins. He also was general counsel for the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, one of the premier reclamation projects in the United States, Runyan said.

NMSU president Michael Martin will present a welcome address.

Four years ago NMSU officials formed the water task force to supply objective, scientific data about water issues in New Mexico. Pulled from across campus, the faculty and staff members are experts in water-related issues, Runyan said. They provide rapid responses to public requests for studies, white papers, expert testimony at public hearings and proposed solutions to water problems.

Raley, a native of Colorado, received a bachelor's degree in agricultural business from Colorado State University and a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.