Regional
3:40 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Martinez Proposes Water Investments

Credit Office of the Governor

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is floating a $112 million proposal she says would give the state greater security when it comes to drinking water resources.

Martinez unveiled her plan to invest capital outlay funds in water infrastructure during a stop in Albuquerque on Tuesday.

The amount the governor wants to invest is about 60 percent of the capital outlay funding that will be available when the Legislature meets in January.

Martinez's plan would prioritize spending on projects in communities that are in danger of going dry or struggling with water quality. The funding would also be spent on rehabilitation of dams and watersheds.

New Mexico has been dealing with extreme drought for three years. The latest maps show severe to exceptional drought covering more than one-third of the state.

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