Water Rescue is a passion of mine. A while ago I learned that each year First Responders become victims themselves when attempting swiftwater rescue. Since that day I have made it my mission to learn everything I can and use that knowledge to train police and fire personnel in safe, effective water rescue methods. My wish is to decrease rescuer fatalities by using tested procedures and increasing awareness of the dangers of moving water. We all enjoy water recreation activities using the beautiful water in our rivers, lakes and streams in New Mexico. Protecting the water quality in our state and maintaining stream flows to keep fragile ecosystems alive is a particular concern of mine. During drought conditions our surface waters are under much pressure. Water usage will become a critical issue in the next decade, and maintaining our ground water is something for which we all need to take responsibility.