County water concerns spreading

Sharna Johnson Approximately 300 people west of Clovis are experiencing rising nitrate levels in their private water systems, Rosalie Robinson said Tuesday, asking the Curry County Commission for help. Robinson, who works with the state environment department’s drinking water bureau, spoke during the public comment portion of the county commission meeting held in the North […]

Roosevelt dairy ordered to form groundwater cleanup plan

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Environment Department has ordered a second dairy in Roosevelt County to come up with a plan for cleaning up contaminated groundwater. According to a news release from the department, La Jolla Dairy northwest of Portales has submitted a Stage 1 Abatement plan to address soil and […]

Wastewater woes

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This 48-acre lagoon at the Clovis wastewater treatment plant started receiving water in November. The city agreed in May to accept water from Southwest Cheese, but nitrogen levels in the water have hindered the process. (CNJ staff photo:Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Nitrogen levels up to double the city standard have stalled […]

Environmental report debated

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Highland Dairy Farm employee Alfredo Ordonez of Clovis looks over the ponds used to collect dairy waste, called lagoons. (Staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer About half of New Mexico’s 160 dairies have groundwater beneath them that’s been polluted with nitrate, according to a New Mexico Environment Department internal review completed […]

Web site tracks water quality

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer More than half of the public drinking water systems in Curry County have been cited by the New Mexico Environment Department for drinking water violations, according to a new online drinking water database. Fifteen public water providers were cited by the state since 1993 for higher than established contaminant […]

Dairies large, efficient water users

By Gary Mitchell Dairy operations in the region tend to use large amounts of water, but proponents say they use it efficiently — with little impact to the area’s ground-water source. “Sure they use a lot of water, but their water is never wasted,” said Stan Jones, Curry County extension agent. “The water is used […]