Green Party of Taos County Annual Convention

UPDATE:

Green Party of Taos County is holding its Annual Convention will be held online.

If you are a registered Green Party voter in Taos County, please:

email info@greenpartytaos.org and for login information.

 

 

Green Party of Taos County is holding its Annual Convention on Sunday, March 22 online at SOMOS from 2 pm to 5 pm.

All registered Green Party voters registered in Taos County are encouraged to attend this Annual Convention.

The Green Party of Taos is planning their annual local convention, and you are invited. Registered members have the opportunity to be nominated for the position of an officer for the new year.

Please come prepared to nominate and vote for local Executive Committee officers:
Two Co-Chairs (one each; female and male)
Secretary
Treasurer

Also come to propose and serve on Committees and be part of the Steering Committee and bring any other business.

You must be a registered voter identified as Green Party with the Taos County Clerk to vote in any convention activities. Please bring your voter registration identification to the meeting in case of questions regarding county voting records.

Please RSVP to info@greenpartytaos.org so we can assure we have space for those planning to attend.

Background:

The Green Party of New Mexico has notified GPTC that as a result of filing notice with the Taos County Clerk on February 2, 2017, the Taos County Green Party Local is recognized by the Green Party of New Mexico.

GPTC has been meeting regularly since November 2016. All registered Green Party members are encouraged to attend these regular steering committee meetings.

WATER SUSTAINABILITY FOR TAOS

by Susann McCarthy

I arrived in Taos after a lifetime of the poisoned air of Los Angeles and lived in Taos, rejoicing in its clear skies and clear air, for quite some time before I fully realized that water shortage is our Achilles’ heel.  Taos was not highly urbanized when I arrived; but now in 2019 it is.   One hundred years ago Los Angeles was in its own water crisis.  In 1974 Phil Lovato was expressing serious concerns about a possible water crisis developing in Taos Valley.  In the context that elected Phil Lovato as Mayor of Taos in 1980 because he was an expert on water law, discussions had begun on what is now commonly known as the “Abeyta Settlement.”   Taos Pueblo, the oldest community in the Taos Valley, has the ancient claim from “time immemorial” to all of Taos Valley’s water. The Abeyta Settlement recognizes that it is to the mutual benefit of all signatories of the Agreement to share some of the water in the Taos Valley with non-Pueblo users. In future, other competing claims to Taos Valley water will certainly arise under pressure of increased populations and impending climate disturbance.  It is also evident that water users outside of Taos Valley have wanted in the past, and will continue to want in future, to capture any available water rights to meet their own anticipated, increasing water needs.  

In 1969 the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer completed a hydrologic survey of water use and rights in the Taos Valley (Rio Hondo, Rio Pueblo and Rio Fernando, Rio Chiquito, Rio Grande del Ranchos watersheds).  The hydrologic survey is the basis of adjudication of water ownership in the Taos Valley, resulting in the Abeyta Settlement, which in essence established a water budget for Taos Valley water users.

After half a century, there are changes in water use that the Abeyta Settlement did not anticipate.  Perhaps the major area of difficulty for a current water budget arises from the fact that the Settlement was formulated prior to general awareness of the climate crises we now know we face.  Consequently, it lacks provision for meeting the challenges that disruption is certainly causing to current and future water availability.  Fortunately, though, the Settlement contains within its terms the responsibility of any one or more of its signatories to request adjustment of the hydrologic model if aspects of the model are not consistent with new information. The terms of the Settlement also provides for the drilling of deep wells to draw up aquifer waters to augment an otherwise restrictive water supply; it remains to be seen whether this option is a wise designation, because, for one thing, the quality of water from such depth is unknown.  This summer a much-anticipated conference of the parties to the Settlement, intended to be open to the public, was to be conducted in Taos by UNM’s Utton Center.  Whether the Bureau of Reclamation may also participate in this conference is currently not known.  We hope this important gathering will take place soon.

Our community is at a critical juncture in the matter of water.   How effectively town, county and tribal governments adopt and implement policies to control the use, storage, conservation and sustainability of our shared water will determine our future in Taos Valley.   Will the Town and County governments continue to follow the growth and development-friendly policies with associated high water usage, delaying a vital community-wide commencement of a sustainability model?   To further delay turning our attention to water use management risks the danger that, like some ancient civilizations, perhaps distant in time but geographically near to us, we might be forced to abandon our community in search of water.  

As we contemplate this precarious moment in planetary and community life, and work toward a comprehensive water budget for our future, it is already possible to discern ways we can improve on our own, individual, self-restraining water use. For example, shorter showers, washing dishes in less water, planting less thirsty plants, not hosing down concrete and automobiles to clean them.  Addressing this water shortage, like addressing climate disruption itself, ultimately demands systemic strategies to correct some of the most destructive policies impacting local water availability over time.  Restoring the acequias and revitalizing local agriculture are such systemic tactics, and will greatly advance our continuation as a stronger, self-sustaining local region of New Mexico which does not exceed its carrying capacity.  Many more ways will emerge through discussion and consensus by which we will come together as neighbors and Taos residents to see water with new eyes and work to preserve it from waste with new habits and practices.

Susann McCarthy

Co-Chair of the Water Committee of the Green Party of Taos County (GPTC)

The Steering Committee of the GPTC endorses this statement.

Susann McCarthy is co-chair of the Water Committee of the Green Party of Taos County. The Steering Committee of the GPTC endorses this statement.

This article also appeared in the Taos News, November 7, 2019 edition. https://www.taosnews.com/stories/climate-change-will-impact-abeyta-water-settlement-taos-water-supplies,60558

Green Party of Taos County Annual Convention

Green Party of Taos County is holding its Annual Convention on Saturday, March 24 at SOMOS from 2 pm to 5 pm.

All registered Green Party voters registered in Taos County are encouraged to attend this Annual Convention.

We will be electing officers, sending representatives to the State Convention on April 7, 2018 in Albuquerque and proposing delegates from the Taos County Green Party Local for the NM Green Party Council.

Seamus Berkeley (co-chair of Green Party of Taos County) will be facilitating at the County Convention.

Please come prepared to nominate and vote for local Executive Committee officers:
Two Co-Chairs (one each; female and male)
Secretary
Treasurer

Also come to propose and serve on Committees and be part of the Steering Committee and bring any other business.

You must be a registered voter identified as Green Party with the Taos County Clerk to vote in any convention activities. Please bring your voter registration identification to the meeting in case of questions regarding county voting records.

Please RSVP to info@greenpartytaos.org so we can assure we have space for those planning to attend.

Background:

The Green Party of New Mexico has notified GPTC that as a result of filing notice with the Taos County Clerk on February 2, 2017, the Taos County Green Party Local is recognized by the Green Party of New Mexico.

GPTC has been meeting every two weeks since November 2016. All registered Green Party members are encouraged to attend these regular steering committee meetings.

Steering Committee Meeting – Green Party of Taos County

*****Please note change of meeting venue to SOMOS*****

The Co-Chairs of the Green Party of Taos County are convening the regularly scheduled meeting of the Steering Committee on December 30, 2017 at SOMOS in Taos from 10 am to noon.

All GPTC elected officers, Green Council Representatives and Alternates and Standing Committee Chairs serve on the Steering Committee and are the decision making body of the GPTC. All members of the GPTC are encouraged to attend, and if they wish to participate in discussion, request to be recognized by the meeting facilitator. Emphasis is placed on consensus decision-making for all actions requiring Steering Committee approval.

Please suggest items for the agenda by posting comments to this announcement, and refer back to this announcement prior to the meeting for posting of a draft Agenda of the upcoming meeting and publication of draft Minutes of the previous Steering Commitee meeting.

Please respond to this announcement with your intent to attend so that we can plan on a quorum.