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59th Annual WRRI Water Conference

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Join us this fall at New Mexico’s premier annual water conference. The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is proud to have its 59th annual conference in the state’s capitol this fall. Over 300 participants are expected at this year’s event where the state’s water experts and interested citizens will gather to discuss New Mexico’s water future.

During the day-and-a-half program, the NM WRRI will host a poster session along with its partners Sandia National Laboratories and Los Alamos National Laboratory. This 90-minute session is the perfect opportunity to exchange information, showcase water projects, and update colleagues on water research. The session allows students, faculty, agency staff, and private entities to network with colleagues from throughout the state and region, providing opportunities for collaboration.

This year’s conference will focus on a new NM WRRI initiative, made possible through the 2014 New Mexico State Legislature. Projects are underway to develop critical data synthesis to address water scarcity challenges. With our state facing long-term droughts, multi-million-dollar lawsuits, water shortages, and water quality issues, it’s critical to assess the state’s water availability and use on a yearly time frame. The Institute, with many collaborators statewide, is developing a statewide water assessment that will help identify the relative magnitudes of water issues and will help move state water planning forward. An up-to-date assessment for water policy guidance will help New Mexico plan for a sustainable water future as every sector of our economy, including jobs, education, culture, and health relies on available and good quality water.

The statewide water assessment initiative will provide a practical informational tool for state water planning. The assessment will utilize state-of-the-art data streams from remote sensing and new data networks to show up-to-the-minute water conditions (such as evapotranspiration from satellites). The development of the statewide water assessment will include the water use diversity of New Mexico: acequias, pueblos, groundwater extractors, energy providers and municipalities, river corridor users, and rangeland producers among others and will be coordinated with New Mexico’s water management agencies. The assessment will be made available to researchers to support cutting-edge multidisciplinary water research. The water assessment will include all water inputs and outputs to the state to enable hydrology-based water planning for a sustainable future.

NM WRRI is offering a very affordable conference registration fee in order to draw as many New Mexicans as possible to the event. Come learn more about the statewide water assessment program and hear our state’s water experts update us on water issues facing the citizens of New Mexico. We’ll look forward to seeing you at La Fonda in Santa Fe on November 18-19, 2014.