Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Norton Plan Aims To Douse Water Wars.(Final)

Byline: Tania Soussan Journal Staff Writer

N.M. Among Areas Prone to Crisis

Interior Secretary Gale Norton announced Friday a proposal to focus federal dollars and technical resources on the Middle Rio Grande Valley and other areas in the West where water conflicts are expected in the next 25 years.

New Mexico is among 10 areas the Interior Department identified in a new report as most likely to face water crises during that period.

"Everything we saw last year during the drought, we are concerned we may see in an average year in 20 years if we don't take steps now," Norton said in a telephone news conference.

She said President Bush's budget calls for an initial investment of $11 million for the proposal announced Friday, called Water 2025. …

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