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NM WRRI produces a variety of reports to communicate water issues and research results to the academic community, water professionals, decision-makers, and the public. Most reports are available online. Hard copies of reports are available free of charge while supplies last. Out of print reports are available for a minimal copy charge. You can place an order for hard copies of reports or CDs by emailing a request to In addition, all WRRI publications are housed in New Mexico state libraries.

WRRI funded projects culminate in a technical report that is published by the institute as part of its Technical Research Reports Series. The technical completion report is a comprehensive description of the project’s objectives, methods, and results. All reports in this series receive a scientific journal-style peer review prior to publication.

The proceedings of the Annual New Mexico Water Conference are published within a few months of each year’s conference. Copies of the conference proceedings are available on CD as well as online and in hard copy for a small copy charge.

Other Publications

The list contains other reports and publications available from the NM WRRI. These publications are typically not distributed as widely as our technical reports and therefore have a cost associated with them. A few publications may be in PDF format or require the DjVu Browser plugin for you to view. If you do not have a plugin, it is available free for various platforms: PC, MAC, Unix, etc. Click the icon below to download.

To order a hard copy, please send an email request to In your email include the following:

The subject line should read: Publication Request:

  1. The publication you wish to order, the quantity, and its associated cost
  2. How you wish to pay (we accept POs, checks, and credit cards)
  3. Your first and last name
  4. Affiliation
  5. Mailing address
  6. Phone number so we may call you regarding a credit card charge.

Should you have any questions, please call Jeanette Torres at 575-646-1813.

In 2014, New Mexico’s State Legislature funded a New Mexico Universities Working Group to look at the state’s water supply vulnerabilities. The Group was asked to (1) assess the current status of water supply and demand after years of severe drought in New Mexico; (2) put the current drought into long-term context with reduced surface water, groundwater depletion, and economic activity; and (3) develop a list of vulnerabilities and promote policy strategies to mitigate these vulnerabilities. The research focused on the Lower Rio Grande.

Researchers from all three research universities in New Mexico participated in the study and included both water and social scientists. The Group included Janie Chermak, UNM Professor of Economics; David Gutzler, UNM Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences; Peggy Johnson, Principal Hydrogeologist with NM Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources at NM Tech; J. Phillip King, NMSU John Clark Distinguished Professor in the Civil Engineering Department; and UNM Bureau of Business and Economic Research Professor Lee Reynis. The researchers were assisted by several undergraduate and graduate students.

The Groups Final Report to the Interim Committee on Water and Natural Resources was presented on August 31, 2015. The report includes an executive summary with Key Findings, Recommendations, and Principal Vulnerabilities. Click Here to view the report.

The book, part of the New Mexico Centennial History Series, contains 16 chapters on the many complex and messy fights, legal and otherwise, over precious water in a semiarid western state. Focusing on the past one hundred years constituting New Mexico’s statehood, contributors describe the often convoluted and always intriguing stories that have shaped New Mexico’s water past and that will, without doubt, influence its future history.

Order books by emailing NM WRRI at and in the subject line enter: Water Wars book. Make checks payable to NM WRRI, and mail to NM WRRI, MSC 3167, New Mexico State University, PO Box 30001, Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001. Or call 575-646-4337 with your credit card number. Books are $20, which includes tax and postage.

March 2000, 11″ x 17″ containing numerous color maps plus CDROM of data, Hardcopy Cost $50.00

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Prepared by the Texas Water Development Board and New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, October 1997, 11″ x 17″ containing numerous color maps and charts plus CDROM of data, Hardcopy Cost $50.00

Edited by Erin Ward and Edgard A. Barrantes. This NM WRRI publication consist of articles derived from the 2009 New Mexico State University hosted conference, “Transboundary Water Crises: Learning from Our Neighbors in the Rio Grande and Jordan River Watersheds.” The event brought together experts from the world of water planning, water management, and water policy who spoke of their activities in the Jordan and Rio Grande basins.

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