All presentations made at last fall’s Annual New Mexico Water Conference are contained in the 43rd Annual Water Conference Proceedings, “Water Challenges on the Lower Rio Grande”. Copies of the proceedings will be mailed to conference participants in May. Others interested in obtaining a copy can send a check for $15.75 to NMWRRI, MSC 3167, Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003.

The following is a list of the papers contained in the proceedings.

  • Keynote Address: Transfer of Reclamation Project Water from Historic Irrigation to New M&I Uses  Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Eluid Martinez
  • The Rio Grande Compact: Law of the River  Chuck DuMars, UNM School of Law; Tom Turney, New Mexico State Engineer; Jack Hammond, Texas Rio Grande Compact Commissioner; Hal D. Simpson, Colorado State Engineer
  • Regional Water Planning Update  Richard Cheney, Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) Chair and Mary Helen Follingstad, ISC staff
  • The Evolution of the Rio Grande  Neal Ackerly, Dos Rios Consultants, Inc.
  • New Mexico/Texas Water Commission: Update on Commission Activities  Ed Archuleta, El Paso Water Utilities
  • Luncheon Addresses:  U.S. Congressman Joseph Skeen and Lieutenant Governor Walter Bradley
  • Basin Guidelines and Hydrographic Survey of the Lower Rio Grande  Calvin Chavez and Max Chavez, Office of the State Engineer
  • Groundwater Modeling in the Lower Rio Grande  Peter Balleau, Balleau Groundwater, Inc.
  • U.S. Geological Survey Seepage Investigations of the Lower Rio Grande in the Mesilla Valley  Ed Nickerson, USGS
  • The Removal of Arsenic Compounds from Natural Water Sources  Robert Wingo, NMSU
  • Effects of Fire on the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Mercury in Sediments of an Arid-Lands Reservoir  Colleen Caldwell, NMSU
  • Aquifer Sensitivity Assessment for the Mesilla Valley  John Kennedy, WRRI
  • Concentration of Viral Particles from Water by Ultrafiltration  Kevin Oshima, NMSU
  • An Assay for Toxic Chemicals Using Microorganisms  James Botsford, NMSU
  • National Water Resources Association Update  Wayne Cunningham, NWRA
  • New Mexico First’s Recommendations and the State Engineer-ISC Legislative Agenda for 1999  John Shomaker, John Shomaker & Associates, Inc.
  • Water Quality on the Lower Rio Grande  James Davis, NM Environment Department; Rodger Ferreira, U.S.G.S.; and Mark Jordan, TNRCC
  • Conversion of Water from Agricultural to Municipal Use: How to do it  John Utton, Sheehan, Sheehan & Stelzner, P.C.; Ed Archuleta, El Paso Water Utilities; Gary Arnold, EBID; and Len Stokes, Progressive Environmental Systems Inc.