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NMSU water lecture to focus on Rio Grande water rights

New Mexico State University's Spring 2011 Water Lecture Series will begin Feb. 17 with Jay Stein, a water lawyer from Stein and Brockman, P.A., in Santa Fe. His lecture will take place at 3 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194.

Stein will speak about water rights administration on the Rio Grande, particularly how municipalities, irrigators, Native American tribes and others own certain rights and how those rights are exercised and administered in accordance with state and federal law. The use of imported water under the San Juan-Chama Project will also be examined.

"The Rio Grande is New Mexico's principal artery. Anyone who lives in a city bordering the river, like Albuquerque or Las Cruces, has an interest in a sustainable municipal water supply. Similarly, irrigators in the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District or Elephant Butte Irrigation District rely on how their water rights are administered," Stein said.

This event is sponsored by NMSU's College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences and NMSU's Department of Civil Engineering.

For more information, contact Leeann DeMouche at ldemouch@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3973. Additional information is also available at the Water Lecture website, http://aces.nmsu.edu/wls.