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Most of the discussion of the county’s proposed well project has focused on wellhead impacts. However, I believe there is a greater concern: potential impact to the springs in White Rock Canyon.
This project is designed to extract ground water before it becomes surface water flowing into the Rio Grande. Ground water becomes surface water by emerging through springs. Therefore, by definition, some springs somewhere must be affected; the only question is which ones and how much. The county’s explanation that “experts with knowledge of the White Rock Canyon hydro-geologic region have expressed opinions to the Department of Public Utilities that the various springs in White Rock canyon would not be adversely impacted” is apparently at odds with this fact.
Pajarito Spring along the Red Dot Trail is the most well-known of the White Rock Canyon springs, but there are lots more scattered through the canyon. These springs are truly remarkable oases in a unique canyon and should be protected.
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