State Engineer Scott Verhines has agreed to participate in a question and answer program about the San Juan River at the Bloomfield High School auditorium, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, November 20, 2014.  The program is hosted by the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association, and it is open to the public.  PLEASE INVITE EVERYONE TO COME AND PARTICIPATE.

Mr. Verhines and some members of his staff will participate in a question and answer session with a panel representing local irrigators and water users.  The local panelists will be Representative Paul Bandy, Robert Oxford, and Jim Lukow.  The session will be moderated by Mike Sullivan, President of the San Juan Agricultural Water Users Association.

During the first hour, each side will have 5 minutes to respond to specific questions that were submitted in advance.  Then the meeting will be open to questions from the audience.

“We want to thank Governor Susana Martinez for helping to arrange this meeting with the State Engineer,” said Jim Rogers of the Association.  “People in San Juan County have been asking a lot of questions about what will happen to the water supply from the San Juan River, but we haven’t heard any clear answers yet.  We’re glad that Mr. Verhines is coming to our county.”

Here are some of the topics for the panel:

Is there enough water in the San Juan River for the agreement signed by Governor Bill Richardson, giving 600,000 acre-feet to the Navajo Nation?

The federal government is demanding 700,000 acre-feet for endangered fish.  Where will this water come from?

Should Governor Richardson’s agreement with the Navajo Nation be submitted to the New Mexico Legislature?

Why is it taking years for the State Engineer to approve water transfers in San Juan County?

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