Apr 25, 2017

Conservation districts holding elections in May and June: Cast your vote

Two agencies responsible for protecting watersheds and agricultural lands in the Middle Rio Grande Valley have elections to choose new board members in May and June.

The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District will be electing a supervisor for District 4 on May 2, 2017. There are two candidates running for this position. Orlando Lucero, a Bernalillo resident is on the ballot, and Richard Reif of Placitas is running as a write-in candidate.

The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental subdivision of New Mexico serving eastern Sandoval County. It helps landowners, farmers, ranchers, residents and local organizations carry out conservation projects. These projects help to:

• protect watersheds
• prevent erosion
• prevent wildfires and floods
• protect wildlife
• preserve the health of the area’s land, soil and water.

For more information on SWCD and its election, visit its website.

The Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District is holding elections for four of its seven board seats on June 6, 2017. The conservancy district, based in Albuquerque, offers irrigation, flood control and responsible water conservation services to irrigators and farmers in the middle agricultural region of the state, which includes Sandoval County.

The District employs approximately 200 people, skilled in all areas of business, farming, irrigation, geology, hydrology and planning to ensure the Middle Rio Grande basin remains a viable agricultural community within the State of New Mexico.

Along with irrigation and flood control, the MRGCD also offers ample recreational activities and opportunities.

Information on candidates for the district’s board is available at the district’s website.