Gov. Martinez proposes $112M capital investment to NM water infrastructure

Posted at: 11/19/2013 6:46 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The governor spoke today at the Rio Grande Nature Center to propose a capital investment in New Mexico's water infrastructure.

The total proposal would be $112 million, which amounts to 60 percent of the outlay funding that will be available when the legislature convenes in January.    

With many communities in New Mexico on the brink of a water shortage, the governor says the time to act is now.

"While we cannot dictate the duration or the magnitude of the drought that we face, we can dictate our response. I'm proposing one of the largest investments ever made as a state in water infrastructure projects throughout New Mexico."

Governor Martinez says the money should be used to improve state watersheds, provide repairs for communities that may go dry, and make critical repairs to dams.

She considers water security a critical need for New Mexico communities, which is why she says that capital funds should be used to address those needs.