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Water Quality Issues for City Impacted by Wildfires

This time it is Las Vegas, N.M.

When it rains, it pours — both water and problems. Las Vegas, N.M., had some really good rains this year, which you would think is a good thing. But, and it is a big BUT, previous wildfires in the area are complicating things significantly.

“This city has around 20 days of fresh water left. Officials are racing to find another source”

While Jackson, Miss., is sucking up all the media attention, this city of 13,000 has its own water system woes. Their water supply has been contaminated by runoff from the surrounding hills that were burned in a previous fire.

Read the article and see the complications that come from climate change. Forest fire + rainy season = contaminated water. These are the non-typical issues that will continue to pop up as we deal with future problems stemming from global warming.
Eric Holdeman is a nationally known emergency manager. He has worked in emergency management at the federal, state and local government levels. Today he serves as the Director, Center for Regional Disaster Resilience (CRDR), which is part of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER). The focus for his work there is engaging the public and private sectors to work collaboratively on issues of common interest, regionally and cross jurisdictionally.