New Mexico Can’t Afford to Ignore the Compact

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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 info@mrgwateradvocates.org until one month prior to the Annual Business Meeting. Nominees will…

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Virus Lockdowns Cut Pollution, Slowing Snowmelt in South Asia

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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SECURE Water Act Webinar – Rio Grande Basin

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation will be holding a webinar starting at 1:00 pm Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The session will address the Rio Grande Basin section of the agency’s recently issued Report to Congress. This webpage has links to excellent information about climate change and water supply reliability. The report includes a volume on…

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Report to Congress on Basin Studies Program

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has published the Water Reliability in the West – 2021 SECURE Water Act Report addressing the implications of their Basin Study program across the west. The Bureau of Reclamation on April 5, 2021 released final technical reports supporting the Water Reliability in the West – 2021 SECURE Water Act Report. Reclamation’s…

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