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Vision

We envision a balanced water future for New Mexico in which we equitably adapt to climate change and are stewards of our water, thereby preserving our diverse cultures, economy, food production, and natural ecosystems.

Mission

The MRG Water Advocates mission is to advocate for a balanced, equitable, and resilient water future for the Middle Rio Grande (Otowi Bridge to Elephant Butte Dam) and all of New Mexico through public education and engagement, civic participation, insistence on effective water governance, and securing changes in state water planning, policy, and law.

Strategy for Intervention/Theory of Change

We  bring transformative change to water resources governance by:

  1. convening or participating in problem-solving, multi-stakeholder discussions and structured processes,
  2. civic engagement with the legislature, state agencies and local governments,
  3. building public awareness and knowledge of water-related facts, problems, and solutions,
  4. building momentum for essential change through our actions and civic participation with others, and
  5. incorporating facts, science, equity, and stewardship in everything we do.
Our Governor and Legislature  must authorize and fund New Mexico's immediate pivot to bring the transformative change that is necessary for an equitable, secure water future for the Middle Rio Grande and New Mexico
Our Governor and Legislature must authorize and fund New Mexico's immediate pivot to bring the transformative change that is necessary for an equitable, secure water future for the Middle Rio Grande and New Mexico

Organization

The Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates is a grassroots, all-volunteer 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated in 1997 to prepare the 2004 regional water plan for the Albuquerque reach of the Rio Grande.  We have been the Water Advocates since 2017.  We are the only nongovernmental organization in New Mexico focused on sustainable use of our water and water governance reform.  Read about our history here.

Officers are elected by the Board of Directors.  Call (505) 991-4487 for information about the next Executive Committee meeting.

Directors representing advocacy interest groups (12) and at-large directors recruited to improve the Water Advocates generational and ethnic diversity are elected by the board. The Board of Directors meets quarterly, or as needed.  Board meeting information is posted on the Events page.

Bylaws were amended by the Board of Directors at the board meeting on February 9, 2021.

Middle Rio Grande from Otowi Bridge Downstream to Elephant Butte Dam

We focus on bringing transformative change to water governance statewide and to the Middle Rio Grande.

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