It's All About Water - Films & Conversation

Friday, February 10, 2012 5:00 PM - not = Saturday, February 11, 2012 5:00 PM
South Broadway Cultural Center - 1025 Broadway Blvd SE

Two days of films and discussion regarding water issues in New Mexico. This is a free event sponsored by New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Amigos Bravos, Sierra Club, and Food & Water Watch. 


Friday: What are the impacts of oil, gas and uranium development on our water, air and health?
4:45 p.m.  Doors Open/Environmental Groups Exhibits
5:20 p.m.  Welcome and Overview of Evening
5:30 p.m.  Film: Natural Gas from Shales: Some Myths and Realities
6:10 p.m.  Film: Split Estate (mineral rights and hydraulic fracking)
7:30 p.m.  Panel – Issues of oil, gas, tar sands and uranium extraction


  • Gwen Lachelt, Oil and Gas Accountability Project
  • Debra Anderson, Producer, “Split Estate”
  • Kathleen Dudley/Don Hamilton, Drilling Mora County
  • Darlene Gomez, Attorney, raised on a ranch with a “split estate”
  • Nadine Padilla, Coordinator, Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment

8:30 p.m.  Film: Tipping Point (the truth about Canadian Tar Sands)


Saturday: Can New Mexico’s water support its population, farming and industrial needs?
9:00 a.m.   Doors Open/Environmental Group Exhibits
9:20 a.m.   Welcome and Overview of Day
9:30 a.m.   Film: Liquid Assets (municipal water systems)
10:15 a.m. Panel – Albuquerque and Bernalillo County Water Infrastructure


  • Kathy Verhage, Albuquerque Stormwater Management
  • David Price, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
  • Bruce Thomson, Director of UNM Water Resources Program
  • Paul Robinson, Southwest Research and Information Center

11:30 a.m.   Film: American Southwest: are we running dry?
12 p.m.  Panel – Water Rights, Acequias, the Rio Grande and Climate Change


  • James Maestas, South Valley Regional Association of Acequias
  • Steve Harris, Rio Grande Restoration
  • Elaine Hebard, Independent Water Policy Expert
  • Dave Gutzler, UNM Earth and Planetary Science

1:15 p.m. Working Bag Lunch (bring your own): What can we do? Discussion and planning
2:30 p.m.   Film: Water for the World Act of 2011
2:40 p.m.   Film: Tapped (bottled water industry and privatization of water)
4:00 p.m.   Film: Blue Gold (international water issues and efforts to address problems)


Note: Please, NO commercial bottled water. Bring water in a sustainable container. Light refreshments will be provided.

** Check for schedule/panelists updates.**
Contact: Christy Martinez, , 505-848-1320