Journey Santa Fe Presents

Overview of Water Law, Water Rights and Water Conflicts in New Mexico

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Journey Santa Fe Presents: Overview of Water Law, Water Rights and Water Conflicts in New Mexico with Water Attorney Peter White and Denise D. Fort

Peter White will present an overview of water law, water rights, and water conflicts in New Mexico. He will follow up in two or three subsequent Journey Santa Fe gatherings to discuss in more detail New Mexico's water problems summing up of his work over the past 40 years. Co-presenter Attorney Denise D. Fort, Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law and Director of the School’s Utton Center, will discuss her booklet Water Matters! - a background on selected water issues for members of the 51st New Mexico State Legislature 1st Session 2013.

Peter Thomas White was employed as a staff attorney for the New Mexico State Engineer for 27 years including 13 years as General Counsel. He worked on the adjudication of Pueblo, Jicarilla Apache, and non-Pueblo water rights in the upper Rio Grande basin. He was counsel of record for the State of New Mexico in Supreme Court litigation on the Pecos River and Canadian River Compacts. After retiring from the state in 1996, he has represented primarily community ditch associations as protestants in State Engineer proceedings on applications to transfer irrigation water rights to municipal and commercial uses.

Denise D. Fort writes about environmental law, water policy, river restoration, and climate policy. She chaired the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission, by appointment of President Clinton, which prepared a seminal report on western water policy. Fort also served as Director of New Mexico's Environmental Improvement Division, as an attorney with New Mexico PIRG and Southwest Research and Information Center, and as Executive Director of Citizens for a Better Environment (CA).

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