This week's guest on Report from Santa Fe is John Fleck, Professor of Practice in Water Policy and Governance at the UNM Department of Economics, writer in residence at the Utton Center at the UNM School of Law, and author of "Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West.”

For 25 years Fleck covered science and the environment for the Albuquerque Journal. As a science journalist, he has been covering water issues since the 1980s when he wrote about the metropolitan water district in Southern California, a very complex and challenging water situation. For years, he has focused on the problems of the Colorado River, an imperiled water source on which 40 million people in the United States and Mexico depend.  

Water is for Fighting Over

Fleck is the author of the books Water is for Fighting Over and Other Myths About Water in the West, an exploration of solutions to the Colorado River Basin’s water problems, and co-author of Science Be Dammed: How Ignoring Inconvenient Science Drained the Colorado River. He also wrote The Tree Rings’ Tale, a children’s book about the climate of the West.

His popular blog can be found at where he discusses such topics as collaboration versus competition in water rights and usage and the challenge of balancing the diminishing supply of water with the increasing demands for that water.

Report from Santa Fe airs Sunday, Jan. 7 on the NM PBS stations, days and times listed below.

REPORT FROM SANTA FE airs on all three PBS stations across New Mexico 

  • KNME New Mexico PBS - Santa Fe/Albuquerque – Northern & Central New Mexico, Sunday at 8 a.m. on Ch.5.1 (excepting Pledge Drives) & 4:30 p.m. on Ch.5.4 
  • KENW/Channel 3 – Portales – Eastern New Mexico, Saturday at 6 p.m. 
  • KRWG/Channel 22 - Las Cruces – Southern New Mexico, Sunday at 8 a.m. 
  • Streaming on-demand on the PBS Video App  

REPORT FROM SANTA FE also airs on radio stations:

  • Mondays at 9:30 a.m. on Albuquerque station KANW-FM, 89.1 FM
  • Mondays at 6 p.m. on Santa Fe station KSFR-FM 101.1 FM

Hosted by veteran journalist and interviewer, Lorene Mills, Report from Santa Fe brings the very best of the esteemed, beloved, controversial, famous and emergent minds and voices of the day to a weekly audience that spans the state of New Mexico and has served as a window on what makes Santa Fe and the State of New Mexico truly unique. 

During nearly 40 years on the air, Mills and Report from Santa Fe have given viewers a unique opportunity to become part of a series of remarkable conversations – always thoughtful and engaging, often surprising – held in a warm and civil atmosphere. 

Gifted with a quiet intelligence and genuine grace, Mills draws guests as diverse as Jane Goodall, Margaret Atwood, Alan Arkin, Gore Vidal, Isabel Allende, and Stewart Udall, along with a who’s who of New Mexico politics, into easy and open exchange, with plenty of room and welcome for wit, authenticity, and candor. Mills’ ability to elicit the true thoughts and nature of her guests is legendary. Mills and Report from Santa Fe is committed to offering New Mexico viewers – and listeners – yet another decade of wonderfully unique voices and viewpoints.  

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