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).

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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

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sam fernald

Director
575-646-4337
afernald@nmsu.edu

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bob sabie

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

yining bai-hewitt

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

jeanette torres

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

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fernando herrera

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

carolina mijares

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

holly brause

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

kevin perez

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

marcus gay

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

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chris davila

Web Developer, Assc
575-646-4337
cdavila@nmsu.edu

Connie Maxwell
connie maxwell

Post-Doctoral Researcher
575-740-1099
alamosa@nmsu.edu

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ashley page atkins

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

mark sheely

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

marybeth ewing

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

AFFILIATED FACULTY

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saeed langarudi

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

NM WRRI STUDENTS

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jorge preciado

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

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lily conrad

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

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Amadeus Barto

Student Assistant
575-646-4337
amadeus1@nmsu.edu

sara torres

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

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tasnim kamal shamma

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

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ahmed mashaly

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

Ana_Garcia
ana garcia

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

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW BOARD

WATER CONFERENCE ADVISORY COMMITTEE