Norm Gaume, retired water engineer turned citizen advocate has taken on the powerful New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission over it’s decision to place a dam on the only free flowing river in New Mexico. He and his attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, Phil and Nick Davis will speak to Albuquerque Press Women on June 8 at 11:45 a.m. at the MCM Elegante (2020) Menaul NE).
Gaume was director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission form 1997 to 2002. He has nearly 40 years of engineering experience working with New Mexico Water Resources. He work as the City of Albuquerque Water Resources Manager in the 1990s and has been a key member of the small team that implemented the City of Santa Fe’s Rio Grande diversion and drinking water project.
Gaume grew up in southern New Mexico. He has a master’s degree in civil engineering from New Mexico State University. He is extensively familiar with the Gila River and the proposed diversion areas. As an outdoor enthusiast he has experienced the Gila on a canoe.
Gaume sued the Interstate Stream Commission last October. He asked for a restraining order against the commission, claiming the commission had been meeting in secret and without proper notice in accordance with the New Mexico Open Meetings Act. Gaume’s action temporarily halted the commission’s approval of the dam building project, and the commission has countersued him for his activities.
A few weeks ago, the commission did vote to go ahead with the dam program, but they have never publicly released the data they used to make to the decision. Gaume is requesting the courts to force the commission to publicly release that information.
Gaume and his attorneys will update us on that suit. And we will learn much more about the difference one individual can make. If you would like to read more about this, please visit Gaume’s website Gila Wild Defense Fund.
Please join us on June 8 for the luncheon meeting. We need your reservation by June 3. The cost for members is $16, $21 for non-members. You can make a reservation by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 505.720.7821.