The December 2014 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online at:
is now available online at https://nmwrri.nmsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/publish/dr/xxxv1.pdf
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Cathy Ortega Klett (email@example.com ) as soon as possible. Proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 10, 2014.
The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):
• Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement.
• Exploration and model development of the dynamics of extreme hydro-meteorological events and associated economic, environmental, social, and or infrastructure costs.
• Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, at gaged and ungaged sites, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water.
• Development and evaluation of alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management.
• Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.
This program provides university researchers with up to $250,000 for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration. It requires a 1:1 non-federal match. The intent of the program is to encourage projects with collaboration between universities and the USGS. Funds have not been appropriated for this program but the USGS is proceeding with the proposal solicitation process in case an appropriation is received. The RFP athttps://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates.
Researchers must submit their proposal online at the NIWR.net website. The deadline is February 20, 2014, by 4pm Eastern Time.
NM WRRI NEWS: USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2014
Dr. Barry Hughes to speak on “Alternative Futures for Energy Production and Consumption in the US and the World.”
March 18, 2013 — University of New Mexico
Auditorium, Centennial Engineering Building at 5:30PM
March 19, 2013 — Sandia National Laboratories* (please see announcement regarding security clearance)
New Mexico: 701/2001—10:00 AM (MST)
California: M050/107 — 9:00 AM (PST)
The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute was pleased to hear the announcement by Governor Susana Martinez of her $2M proposal for support of water research through the NM WRRI. The funding will elevate the statewide institute to meet additional water research needs associated with drought, water scarcity, water planning, and water quality. Included in the $2M initiative is a $350,000 base budget expansion originally approved as the #1 NMSU priority for Research and Public Service Project funding. Additional funding proposed by Governor Martinez includes $800,000 for a statewide water assessment, $100,000 for an NMSU faculty position for regional water budgeting, $450,000 for sustained long-term water research, and $300,000 for a Center for Water Excellence.
This recommendation still needs to be adopted by the New Mexico legislature in the upcoming 2014 session before getting final signature from the governor. Everyone can be a winner on this. Please contact your legislator to support expanded funding for NM WRRI.
A water seminar, presented by Professor Nir Becker, Tel Hai College, Israel, titled “Water’s Contribution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is a cooperative solution possible?” will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 336. Becker has had 20 years’ study of water economics. The seminar is open to the public. The room holds only 95 so come early.
Building an Economy that Leads Requires Water Security Throughout New Mexico
Albuquerque – Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico. Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Governor Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NM WRRI works to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico’s colleges and universities. (see more)