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 […]

State engineer blocks agricultural well applications

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer Citing limited groundwater supply in the area, the Office of the State Engineer has issued an order to close the Ogallala Aquifer to new applications for agricultural wells. The issue drew discussion during a Clovis City Commission meeting Thursday lasting just 15 minutes, with all action items unanimously approved […]

State settles case with local dairyman

Freedom New Mexico A local dairyman has committed to submit a plan to reduce groundwater contamination at a Lea County dairy he owns, according to the New Mexico Environment Department. According to a department news release sent out Thursday, the department issued a compliance order to Eddie “Ed the Dairyman” Schaap of Ranchvale on Nov. […]

Environment department reaches settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater violations

(Santa Fe, NM) – The New Mexico Environment Department reached a settlement with High Lonesome Dairy near Hobbs for groundwater discharge permit violations. The settlement resolves a compliance order the department issued on Nov. 3 to the owner of the dairy, Eddie Schaap. That order alleged that Schaap failed to install a monitoring well that […]

Good nutrient balance quite valuable

By Victor Cabrera: Ag Sense A mass nutrient balance plan could be more effective than monitoring wells in dairy farms. All New Mexico dairies are required to have a permit from New Mexico Environment Department, which among other things, requires dairy farms to install wells to monitor groundwater nutrient quality. These monitoring wells are unpopular […]

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 […]

Q&A with Kathy Wright

Kathy Wright serves as vice-president and manager of New Mexico-American Water Co. Q: How long have you been in this position with New Mexico-American Water Co.? A: Since October 1999. I was here in Clovis working with the company. I’ve been with the company for 16 years. Q: At a recent Clovis City Commission meeting, […]

City to control fouled water

Jack King Clovis Public Works Director Harry Wang said Thursday the city may have to spend more than $600,000 to treat a half-mile-long plume of toxic solvent that is contaminating groundwater to the east of the old city landfill. City and state officials said the contaminated water is not used for human consumption. The solvent, […]