The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico at New Mexico State University. The NM WRRI was established in 1963 by the New Mexico legislature and approved under the 1964 federal Water Resources Research Act. The institute funds research conducted by faculty and students from universities across the state to address water problems critical to New Mexico and the Southwest. The institute also participates in joint efforts to solve water-related problems along the U.S./Mexico border.

Our mission is to develop and disseminate knowledge that will assist the state and nation in solving water problems. Through the funding of research and demonstration projects, the institute utilizes knowledge and experience of researchers throughout the state to solve New Mexico’s pressing water problems. Research is conducted by faculty and students within the departmental structure of each New Mexico university campus. In-house staff administers the institute’s programs, conducts special research projects, and produces a variety of issue reports. Original WRRI Objectives, Scope, and Organization (August 20, 1964).

If you plan to visit us, you can obtain a temporary parking permit online from the NMSU parking department.

Our mission

At the federal level the Water Resources Research Act of 1984 (PDF), as amended, authorizes a water resources research institute in each state and territory to:

(1) Provide research and training in water conservation, planning and management; atmospheric-surface-ground water relations; and water quality;

(2) Transfer water information through the use of technical and miscellaneous publications, newsletters, conferences and presentations;

(3) Provide expertise, specialized assistance and information to address water problems; and

(4) Cooperate with local, state and federal water agencies. Participating institutions associated with the water resources research institute shall be New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, New Mexico Highlands University, Eastern New Mexico University and Western New Mexico University.

Source: 2009 New Mexico Statutes Chapter 21 – State and Private Education Institutions. Article 8 – New Mexico State University Section 21-8-40 – Water resources Research Institute created; purpose.

National Institutes for Water Research

The State Water Resources Research Act Program, authorized by section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act of 1984, is a Federal-State partnership. The state water resources research institutes (WRRI) authorized by the Act are organized as the National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR). NIWR cooperates with the USGS to support, coordinate and facilitate research through the Annual Base Grants, National Competitive Grants, Coordination Grants, and in operating the NIWR-USGS Student Internship Program.

Information Transfer

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s (NM WRRI) Information Transfer Program is designed to bring the results of its research projects to the public, and to educate New Mexicans on the critical water issues of the state, region, and nation. Different sectors of the public are targeted for each of its activities.

Water Initiatives

The NMSU Water Initiative is a project to enhance NMSU’s efforts concerning water. The goal is to better position NMSU’s resources in order to build alliances with the community, communicate with stakeholders more effectively, and keep agriculture and industry successful in New Mexico. The NMSU Water Initiative provides connections to resources for enhancing research applications, hosts networking events that foster collaboration, and hosts forums that help define the research needs of the local community.

NM WRRI STAFF

Sam Fernald

Director
575-646-4337
afernald@nmsu.edu

Carolina Mijares

Senior Program Manager
575-646-7991
mijares@nmsu.edu

Bob Sabie

Research Scientist Assc
575-646-1673
rpsabie@nmsu.edu

 

Mark Sheely

Program Coordinator
575-646-1195
msheely@nmsu.edu

 

Jeanette Torres

Program Coordinator
575-646-1813
jttorres@nmsu.edu

Kevin PerezKevin Perez

Program Specialist
575-646-4940
kap470@nmsu.edu

 

Kevin Boyko

Research Asst, Sr
727-481-4820
kboyko@nmsu.edu

 

MaryBeth Ewing

Admin Asst, Inter
575-646-4337
mbewing@nmsu.edu

Holly Brause

Research Scientist, Assc
575-646-1194
hbrause@nmsu.edu

 

Fernado Herrera

Systems Analyst, Assc 575-646-1835 fah@nmsu.edu

Marcus Gay

Senior Student Program Coordinator
575-646-4198
marcusme@nmsu.edu

 

Babak Bahaddin

Post-Doctoral Researcher
575-646-4337
babak@nmsu.edu

 

Ashley Page
Ashley Page Atkins

Research Scientist, Assc 575-646-4337 apage@nmsu.edu

 

Sam Fernald

Director
575-646-4337
afernald@nmsu.edu

Bob Sabie

Research Scientist Assc
575-646-1673
rpsabie@nmsu.edu

 

Kevin PerezKevin Perez

Program Specialist
575-646-4940
kap470@nmsu.edu

 

Kevin Boyko

Research Asst, Sr
727-481-4820
kboyko@nmsu.edu

 

MaryBeth Ewing

Admin Asst, Inter
575-646-4337
mbewing@nmsu.edu

Carolina Mijares

Senior Program Manager
575-646-7991
mijares@nmsu.edu

Holly Brause

Research Scientist, Assc
575-646-1194
hbrause@nmsu.edu

 

Fernando Herrera

Systems Analyst, Assc 575-646-1835 fah@nmsu.edu

Marcus Gay

Senior Student Program Coordinator
575-646-4198
marcusme@nmsu.edu

 

Molly Givens

Web Developer
575-646-4337
mollygiv@nmsu.edu

Babak Bahaddin

Post-Doctoral Researcher
575-646-4337
babak@nmsu.edu

 

Ashley Page
Ashley Page Atkins

Research Scientist, Assc 575-646-4337 apage@nmsu.edu

 

Mark Sheely

Program Coordinator
575-646-1195
msheely@nmsu.edu

 

Jeanette Torres

Program Coordinator
575-646-1813
jttorres@nmsu.edu


Sam Fernald

Director
575-646-4337
afernald@nmsu.edu

Kevin PerezKevin Perez

Program Specialist
575-646-4940
kap470@nmsu.edu

Kevin Boyko

Research Asst, Sr
727-481-4820
kboyko@nmsu.edu

MaryBeth Ewing

Admin Asst, Inter
575-646-4337
mbewing@nmsu.edu


Carolina Mijares

Senior Program Manager
575-646-7991
mijares@nmsu.edu

Holly Brause

Research Scientist, Assc
575-646-1194
hbrause@nmsu.edu

Fernado Herrera

Systems Analyst, Assc 575-646-1835 fah@nmsu.edu

Marcus Gay

Senior Student Program Coordinator
575-646-4198
marcusme@nmsu.edu

Bob Sabie

Research Scientist Assc
575-646-1673
rpsabie@nmsu.edu

Babak Bahaddin

Post-Doctoral Researcher 575-646-4337 babak@nmsu.edu

Ashley Page

Ashley Page Atkins

Research Scientist, Assc
575-646-4337
apage@nmsu.edu

Mark Sheely

Program Coordinator
575-646-1195
msheely@nmsu.edu

Jeanette Torres

Program Coordinator
575-646-1813
jttorres@nmsu.edu

AFFILIATED FACULTY

saeed Langarudi

Research Asst. Professor
617-961-2680
lang@nmsu.edu

NM WRRI STUDENTS

Yining Bai

Graduate Research Assistant
575-646-4337
ynb@nmsu.edu

 

Jorge Preciado

Graduate Research Assistant
575-646-4337
preciado@nmsu.edu

 

Lily Conrad

Graduate Research Assistant
575-646-4337
conradl@nmsu.edu

 

Connie Maxwell

Graduate Research Assistant
575-740-1099
alamosa@nmsu.edu

 

Sara Torres

Sara Torres

Graduate Research Assistant
575-646-4337
s_torres@nmsu.edu

 

Tiana Gibson

Student Assistant
575-646-4337
tianag@nmsu.edu

Ahmed Mashaly

Graduate Research Assistant
575-646-4337
amashaly@nmsu.edu

 

Ana Garcia

Ana Garcia

Graduate Research Assistant
575-646-4337
gava@nmsu.edu

 

Cheyenne Poyer

Student Assistant 575-646-4337 poyerc@nmsu.edu

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW BOARD

  • Christopher M. Canavan, New Mexico Environment Department

  • Jan M. H. Hendrickx, New Mexico Tech

  • J. Phillip King, New Mexico State University

  • John Bumgarner, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Fred Phillips, New Mexico Tech

  • John T. Romero, New Mexico Office of the State Engineer

  • Tom Schmugge, New Mexico State University

  • Bruce Thomson, University of New Mexico

WATER CONFERENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Myron Armijo, OSE/ISC

  • Aron Balok, Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District

  • Katrina Bennett, Los Alamos National Laboratory

  • Darcy Bushnell, UNM Utton Center

  • Daniel Cadol, NM Tech

  • Chris Canavan, New Mexico Environment Department

  • Peter Castiglia, INTERA Inc.

  • Caren Cowan, NM Cattle Growers’ Association

  • John D’Antonio, Office of the State Engineer / ISC

  • Melissa Dosher, Office of the State Engineer

  • Gary L. Esslinger, Elephant Butte Irrigation District

  • Amy Ewing, Daniel B. Stephens and Associates

  • Paula Garcia, New Mexico Acequia Association

  • Ryan Gronewold, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

  • Steve Guldan, NMSU, Alcalde

  • Steve Harris, Rio Grande Restoration

  • John Hawley, Hawley Geomatters

  • Jan Hendrickx, NM Tech

  • Mike Johnson, U.S. Geological Survey

  • Dagmar Llewellyn, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation

  • Julie Maitland, New Mexico Department of Agriculture

  • Bill Netherlin, Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District

  • Howard Passell, Sandia National Laboratories

  • John Romero, Office of the State Engineer

  • Beth Salvas, AWRA – NM Section

  • Blane Sanchez, Isleta Pueblo

  • Lucia Sanchez, NM Office of the State Engineer / ISC

  • Nabil Shafike, NM Interstate Stream Commission

  • John Shomaker, Shomaker, and Associates, Inc.

  • John Stomp, Albuquerque Water Utility Authority

  • Jeri Sullivan Graham, The University of New Mexico

  • Bruce Thomson, The University of New Mexico

  • Stacy Timmons, NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources

  • Lani Tsinnajinnie, The University of New Mexico

  • John C. Tysseling, Moss Adams LLP