New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute

Category: News Archive – 2012

Fiscal Year 2013 Request for Proposals, Under Section 104 of the Water Resources Research Act

Closing date: 5:00 p.m., November 28, 2012

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) announces availability of U.S. Geological Survey 104B grant funds. These funds are made available through the Water Research Act to support research that improves management of the waters of New Mexico. For Fiscal Year 2013, only partial funding is available due to the current federal budget continuing resolution. NM WRRI expects to fund one $30,000 grant with 104B funds in FY 2013.

In the spring of 2013, a separate NM WRRI RFP is anticipated contingent on New Mexico state funding allocations for FY14 and will fund an additional one to four $25,000 seed grants.

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Water Scarcity to be topic of 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference at NMSU

Water scarcity to be topic of 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference at NMSU. While much attention has been paid of late to the serious short-term drought situation facing farmers in the American Midwest, New Mexico continues to be immersed in the worst two-year drought period in decades.

In this context, it is timely that the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will present the 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference, “Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity.”

http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/8785/

Water Resources Competitive Grant Program FY 2012:

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;fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) 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.

USGS Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY2012

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) as soon as possible. Draft proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 13, 2012.

The U.S. Geological Survey requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation’s water supply, including enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.

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 at https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP a gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates. Please review the RFP carefully and if you are considering pursuing this opportunity, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu ) as soon as possible.

Proposals must be filed online by February 23, 2012.

The 56th Annual Water Conference Proceedings

New Water New Energy: A Conference Linking Desalination and Renewable Energyis now available.

Water scarcity to be topic of 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference at NMSU.

While much attention has been paid of late to the serious short-term drought situation facing farmers in the American Midwest, New Mexico continues to be immersed in the worst two-year drought period in decades.

In this context, it is timely that the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will present the 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference, “Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity.”http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/8785/.

Water Management Seminar Offered

The NMSU College of Engineering civil engineering department will present a seminar on “Wells, Pumps, Etc.,” February 11, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hernandez Hall, Room 103, to help improve water management during the ongoing drought in Southern New Mexico. The seminar will provide technical information on water management and on design and operation of wells and pumping systems. The seminar is for farmers, water managers and people who are involved in developing and operating water systems. Topics to be covered in the seminar include principles of wells and pumps, power units selection and operation, the Lower Rio Grande Adjudication and Operation Agreement, irrigation scheduling, National Resources Conservation Service Water Conservation Program, how to drill a well and effect of irrigation on pecan yield. There is no charge for the seminar, but advance registration is required.

For more information contact Elvia Cisneros at 575-646-3802.

USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2013

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) as soon as possible. Proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 14, 2013.

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 at https://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 21, 2013, by 2pm MST.

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