New Mexico is faced with, but has not faced up to
current and future water resource limitations

New Mexicans' current and future water supplies are at risk

New Mexican voters from across the state are concerned about water resources.

New polling shows seventy-five percent of likely voters agree we need to act now to ensure that future generations have an adequate water supply.

The Water Advocates are focused on our need to adapt to our arid future.  New Mexicans need to plan how we and future generations can best adapt to a more arid future.

We advocate for evidence-based, robust regional water planning to show what we must do, region by region, to improve regional water supply and water users resilience.  We see the increasing aridity. We know what is coming.   What will we do to adapt?

The strategically important actions presented and discussed at the Water Advocates January 2022 conference are combined as a new Water Advocates Project: 2022-2023 Strategic Water Initiative.

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New Mexico Can’t Afford to Ignore the Compact

By Executive Committee | March 20, 2022

For well over a decade, New Mexico has been on a roll toward violating its Rio Grande Compact water delivery obligations through the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) to Elephant Butte Reservoir (EBR), largely due to overuse of water in the Middle Rio Grande. For all New Mexico taxpayers and ratepayers, such a violation would bring…

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Planning for Effective Water Governance – A MRGWA Proposal

By Executive Committee | November 17, 2021

Introduction: Now that New Mexico has finally recognized and accepted the reality of climate change, it’s time to realign our water planning processes to that reality.  Based, in part, upon concerns with previous water planning processes, the Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates is developing a proposal for an updated water planning paradigm.  It is entitled…

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Annual 2022 MRGWA Conference

By Executive Committee | September 25, 2021

January 8, 2022 —- The Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates will be holding their annual conference virtually starting at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 8, 2022. The session will address taking action on the urgent need for water governance reform in New Mexico. Please review the descriptive flyer. The purpose of this event, and its…

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Water Authority Withdraws – Why?

By Executive Committee | July 13, 2021

On July 13, 2021, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation announced that the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has chosen to end its participation in the just-starting multi-entity Rio Grande Basin Study. The announcement included a copy of the letter from the Chief Planning Officer of ABCWUA to USBR and MRGCD, which provided no rationale…

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Webinar on ISC’s 50 Year Leap Ahead Analysis

By Executive Committee | July 6, 2021

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission will be holding a one-hour webinar, starting at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. The session will present the 50-Year Leap Ahead Analysis that ISC’s team of technical experts has in process. When completed, probably late summer 2021, the analysis should provide a solid technical foundation for the…

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You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet

By Executive Committee | June 30, 2021

New York Times has published “Climate Change Batters the West Before Summer Even Begins” addressing the impacts to date of climate change in the western United States. The June 17, 2021, article is a broad review of the various troubles that climate change is bringing the United States already this year. A heat dome is…

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Request for Nominations for Officers, MRG Water Advocates

By Executive Committee | June 17, 2021

This is a request for nominations for officers (President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer) of the Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates. The election of officers will be held at the Water Advocates’ Annual Business Meeting on August 17, 2021. Nominations may be submitted to until one month prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Nominees will…

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A Small Farm Future III: Seeds-Sharing-Enough

By Lynn Montgomery | June 13, 2021

When I first proposed the idea of A Small Farm Future it got a strong reaction. Some thought I was out of line to propose such an outlandish idea.  Any large new idea usually has this reaction. It is not my idea, but author and farmer Chris Smage’s. I wished to convey it to the…

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Final Draft Plan of Study Released for Comment

By Bob Wessely | May 17, 2021

The Rio Grande Basin Study: Lobatos Gage to Elephant Butte Dam (Basin Study) presents a unique opportunity to develop projections of future water supply and demand and use them to model and evaluate potential adaptation strategies that are not constrained by current operating practices, infrastructure capacity, and policy constraints.

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Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia

By Executive Committee | May 12, 2021

The New York Times has published ‘”Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia” addressing the runoff effects of pandemic-caused reduction in dust on snowpack. Cleaner skies over South Asia that resulted from pandemic lockdowns last year likely affected the timing of snowmelt in the Indus River basin of Pakistan and India, researchers reported…

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