Letter: Who will lead on environment?

By Cliff Reed
Posted 4/27/18

Twenty years of farming has made me aware of the importance of water, not only for Northern New Mexico, but also for all of our state. Unlike generations before me, I can …

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Letter: Who will lead on environment?

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Twenty years of farming has made me aware of the importance of water, not only for Northern New Mexico, but also for all of our state. Unlike generations before me, I can no longer fish in our rivers without encountering fish that have visible lesions from the detrimental effects of contamination. Scientists also warn that both our surface water and groundwater will significantly decline in the future, so it is vital that the legislative agenda actively support and protect this valuable resource.

On June 5, the primary election will decide who will represent us on environmental issues as the New Mexico House Representative for District 41. I will be voting for Susan Herrera.

Although the incumbent, State Rep. Debbie Rodella, claims to be a “leading advocate for local water and land rights,” watchdog groups disagree. The highly respected Conservation Voters of New Mexico has rated Ms. Rodella with the lowest rating for protecting our environment of all House Democrats and many House Republicans.

With 24 years of failed protection by Ms. Rodella, it is time for a positive change, and Susan will bring that to Northern New Mexico. Susan understands firsthand our unique water issues as a commissioner for her local acequia. She has the leadership we need to effectively advocate for our precious resources and is committed to protect our environment for future generations. Please support our environment on June 5 by voting for Susan Herrera.

– Cliff Reed, Embudo

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