Water Resources Research Act
Fifty years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, signed into law the Water Resources Research Act establishing a Water Resources Research Institute in each state. The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute was one of the first institutes established under the WRRA. New Mexico Senator Clinton P. Anderson was instrumental in designing the Act as he saw the need for academic institutions to lead the way in producing research that would help solve the nation’s water problems.
The 54 institutes nationwide (the WRRA established a water institute in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam) partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to “…enlist the intellectual power of universities and research institutes in a nationwide effort to conserve and utilize our water resources for the common benefit.” On the 50th anniversary of the Act, the USGS acknowledged the Water Resources Research Institutes for “path-breaking research, developing innovation information and technology transfer programs, and providing training to more than 25,000 students in their 50-year history.”
The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute continues its efforts to deal with statewide water scarcity issues that impact every sector of our economy and looks forward to assisting New Mexico in the next 50 years.
The USGS press release, USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research Act: Vital research on water flows from 1964 law is available at: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3937&from=rss_home#.U8fxhk9OWUl