ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is slated to visit historic Taos Pueblo and Albuquerque's National Hispanic Cultural Center to discuss water issues in New Mexico.
Salazar is scheduled to tour Taos Pueblo on Wednesday. During his visit, he plans to execute three contracts related to the settlement of one of the longest-standing water rights cases in the state.
He then will host a town hall in Albuquerque on the Middle Rio Grande and efforts by state, federal and local stakeholders to address water management and endangered species concerns along the 180-mile stretch of the river.
In January, Salazar urged officials to work together on the Rio Grande's management while considering elements of conservation, education and recreational opportunities.
A report on their progress is expected to be released during Thursday's town hall.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.