District 50 candidates oppose basin water removal | Environment
The Estancia Basin water removal has been opposed by the two candidates in State House District 50.
Democrat Stephen Easley and Republican Charles Larry Miller acknowledge that the problem of protecting the basin is the state laws that have the ability of water right owners to move water. The candidates both agreed that pumping water in a fragile water economy is not a good move.
Former state Rep. Rhonda King passed a memorial that called for a ban on water export from the Estancia Basin, but the memorial does not have the force of law to protect the water.
The two candidates offered up different approaches to prevent the water move. Easley approached the problem suggesting support in organizations like Estancia Basin Resource Association and making an opposition on a local level. Miller’s approached the problem recommending a study of the basin would build strong facts for an arguement against moving the water.
A disagreement between the candidates arose on the approach of “deep water”, the brackish water that supposedly lies more than 2,500 ft below the surface of the basin.
Easley said that drilling the well water and treating brackish water could be an alternative for keeping the basin water as is.
Miller disagreed and said desalinization of brackish water might cause levels of good water to drop.
Candidates agreed all options should be studied to stop the removal of water.