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County DPU presents ‘Water is Life’ at Nature Center

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The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities is bringing four speakers and a film to the Los Alamos Nature Center from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 4.
The evening will start with a discussion about rivers and local water issues by four speakers followed by a break with refreshments and a chance to meet the speakers. Afterward, they will show the documentary This event is free.
The four talks are:
• Where the water we use in Los Alamos comes from, with some thoughts on a sustainable future by Jack Richardson, Deputy Utilities Manager – Gas, Water, Sewer (GWS) for Los Alamos County.
• The End of the Dam-building Era in the Western US by Steve Harris, Executive Director of Rio Grande Restoration.
• Rethinking the Rio: the opportunity and challenge of moving low-elevation storage from Elephant Butte to high-elevation reservoirs on the Rio Chama to conserve water from evaporation and restore flows to an ailing river by Jen Pelz, Wild Rivers Program Director at WildEarth Guardians
• Paths to compliance with the Rio Grande Compact’s three apportionments of the waters of the Rio Grande: above Otowi, from Otowi to Elephant Butte Dam, and below Elephant Butte Dam, with a brief discussion of the Gila River diversion and storage project by Norm Guam, retired water resources engineer, manager, and planner, former Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (1997-2002), Water Resources Manager for the City of Albuquerque (1990-1997), and water resources consultant (1974-1978 and 2003 -2012).
 The movie will be “Beyond the Mirage: The Future of Water in the West.” This is a 2016 documentary put together by the University of Arizona about water issues in the Southwest. What is the story of your water? Where did it come from before it reached your faucet? How abundant is it? This film tells the story of water in the southwest and the extreme lengths we go to make sure clean water comes out of our tap, when we want, and as much of it as we want. Interviews from water experts reveal the reliability and challenges to this on-demand system, uncovering the story of our drinking water and the importance of this fundamental resource.
Jack Richardson is the deputy utilities manager of Gas, Water and Sewer (GWS) for Los Alamos County. He is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the field crew’s natural gas and water distribution, water production, non-potable water and wastewater collection and treatment activities.
Steve Harris is Executive Director of Rio Grande Restoration, a non-profit river conservation group dedicated to protection of the ecological and economic values provided by the Rio Grande.
Jen Pelz is the Wild Rivers Program Director at WildEarth Guardians where she strives to breath new life into the endangered rivers of the West.
Norm Gaume is a retired water resources engineer, manager, and planner, former Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (1997-2002), water resources manager for the City of Albuquerque (1990-1997), and water resources consultant (1974-1978 and 2003 -2012).