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FY15 Faculty Water Research Grants Awarded

The NM WRRI is pleased to announce that five water research grants will be awarded to New Mexico faculty in response to the Request for Proposals issued in April. Funding for the grants was made available through the New Mexico State Legislature. Awards support targeted research to improve management of the waters of New Mexico.

Each of the projects will receive about $30,000 in funding for one-year projects that start on July 1, 2014. “New Mexico has preeminently qualified faculty researchers who are ready to assist the state of New Mexico in dealing with water management issues and are prepared to lead the water research effort to ensure a sustainable water future for the state. These projects are part of a larger legislatively funded NM WRRI statewide initiative that includes researchers from NMSU, UNM, and NM Tech plus the state and federal agencies. We will release additional project details as they become available. Today we send our congratulations to the recipients of the water research grants.”

Grant awards include:

  • Doing hydrology backwards in New Mexico to estimate a statewide water budget (i.e. Canadian River, RG, Gila, Pecos), Ricardo González-Pinzón, University of New Mexico, Center for Water and the Environment, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Drought, salinity, and invasive plants: A new model for sustainable water management, Geno A. Picchioni, New Mexico State University, Plant and Environmental Sciences and Brian Schutte, NMSU Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences
  • Policy alternatives for controlling nitrate pollution from NM’s dairies, Jingjing Wang, University of New Mexico, Department of Economics
  • Assessment of water table and water quality variations with respect to river flow along Rio Grande between Garfield NM and Fabens TX, Blair Stringam and Manoj Shukla, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Identification of law and policy options for best water management practices, Adrian Oglesby, UNM, Utton Transboundary Resources Center