Hydrologist Dr. John Hawley of Albuquerque, a noted expert on U.S.-Mexico cross-border groundwater supplies, is scheduled to talk at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Recreation Hall at Pancho Villa State Park.
Hawley will be talking about the history and geologic characteristics of the Mimbres Basin. The basin is the primary water source for Columbus and Palomas, Mexico.
Dr. Hawley’s talk is part of a day-long workshop for residents of Columbus and Palomas on how to reduce household water use and lower a family’s monthly water bill.
Other speakers include Alfredo Granados-Olivas, a Ciudad Juarez professor… Erin Ward, Project Manager for the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute… and Denise Smith, director of the Office of Sustainability for Silver City.
A.J. Sandoval of Deming will offer free in-home testing for water leaks for Columbus homeowners.
The talk and workshop are part of an effort by the New Mexico Environment Department to address issues in New Mexico’s border region. The workshop is funded under a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Border Program.