The 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference has been approved for 5.7 credits by the New Mexico MCLE.
NM WRRI announces its 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference –New Water Realities: Proposals for Meaningful Change.
Building on recommendations that resulted from the 2012 NM WRRI annual water conference, Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity, this year’s conference will take another step toward adapting to the ongoing drought, a situation many consider “the new reality.” Decades of relative water abundance in New Mexico and the region, coupled with large population growth and increased consumption, have led to a crisis point for our water supply. Each speaker at the conference, New Water Realities: Proposals for Meaningful Change, will bring to the table at least one proposal or strategy for addressing the impact of water scarcity in our state.
The conference will begin with a background of current precipitation and temperature conditions and discussion of climate variability and change. Model results of possible future scenarios and impact on New Mexico will be explored. For a broader perspective, regional water experts will discuss similar water issues facing other western states.
Pressing water issues facing New Mexico like priority administration decisions, lengthy adjudications, the interrelationships between energy production and water use, water quality impairment including salinity control, conjunctive use of surface and groundwater, and economic impacts of drought will be among the topics discussed at the conference.
We are pleased to have Tanya Trujillo, a well-known and respected water attorney who practiced law for many years in New Mexico, and who played a significant role in the Pecos Settlement, as our 2013 Albert E. Utton Memorial Water Lecturer. She will speak at the luncheon on the first day of the conference.
We are also delighted to have two long-time academicians and water experts address our participants at a luncheon on Friday. Dr. Bruce Thomson, Regents’ Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of the Water Resources Program at UNM has served the NM WRRI in various capacities over the past couple of decades and will be retiring from UNM this summer. Joining him is Dr. Adrian Hanson, an environmental engineer with NMSU’s civil engineering department who specializes in small scale and small community water and wastewater systems. He joined NMSU in 1989 and will begin his position as department head of the civil engineering department at the University of Minnesota – Duluth in July. We look forward to their candid remarks as they reflect upon their careers in academia.
Join us on November 21-22 for a very informative and timely conference – and at a very affordable conference registration fee again this year. Register at 2013.wrri.nmsu.edu.
The NM WRRI is pleased to announce that five water research grants will be awarded to New Mexico faculty in response to the Request for Proposals issued in April. Funding for the grants was made available through the New Mexico State Legislature. Awards support targeted research to improve management of the waters of New Mexico.
Each of the projects will receive about $30,000 in funding for one-year projects that start on July 1, 2014. “New Mexico has preeminently qualified faculty researchers who are ready to assist the state of New Mexico in dealing with water management issues and are prepared to lead the water research effort to ensure a sustainable water future for the state. These projects are part of a larger legislatively funded NM WRRI statewide initiative that includes researchers from NMSU, UNM, and NM Tech plus the state and federal agencies. We will release additional project details as they become available. Today we send our congratulations to the recipients of the water research grants.”
Grant awards include:
- Doing hydrology backwards in New Mexico to estimate a statewide water budget (i.e. Canadian River, RG, Gila, Pecos), Ricardo González-Pinzón, University of New Mexico, Center for Water and the Environment, Department of Civil Engineering
- Drought, salinity, and invasive plants: A new model for sustainable water management, Geno A. Picchioni, New Mexico State University, Plant and Environmental Sciences and Brian Schutte, NMSU Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences
- Policy alternatives for controlling nitrate pollution from NM’s dairies, Jingjing Wang, University of New Mexico, Department of Economics
- Assessment of water table and water quality variations with respect to river flow along Rio Grande between Garfield NM and Fabens TX, Blair Stringam and Manoj Shukla, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences
- Identification of law and policy options for best water management practices, Adrian Oglesby, UNM, Utton Transboundary Resources Center
The 56th Annual Water Conference Proceedings, New Water New Energy: A Conference Linking Desalination and Renewable Energy is now available.
NEW DATE and LOCATION for the upcoming 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference.
(Website http://2012.wrri.nmsu.edu )
Water Education Foundation’s online water encyclopedia is a go-to resource for water information. The focus is primarily on the Western United States, especially California, but certain issues and terms apply globally. Review site athttp://www.aquapedia.com/
The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers requests proposals for grants to support applied investigations in select topic areas. Proposals may request up to $200,000 in federal funds for projects that will conclude with a final paper by August 1, 2014. Up to two awards are expected to be made in FY12 and there is no matching funds requirement for these awards.
Awards will be made to Water Resources Research Institutes so please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337;email@example.com) as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity. Deadline is August 15, 2012. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please have your draft proposal and budget reviewed by NM WRRIno later than August 3, 2012.
NMSU’s Cooperative Extension Service’s website provides New Mexicans with educational publications on drought issues athttp://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_drought/
is set for July 17-19 in beautiful, historic Santa Fe at the LaFonda. Register by June 17 to get the “Early-Bird Discount.” The Preliminary Program and Online Registration links are easily accessed at www.ucowr.org.