Commentary: Surviving a drought

Drought – nature’s reminder that water does not grow on trees.

Drought is the time when some form of government advice or regulation prescribes that we collectively choose to reduce our uses of water, usually because of some form of government advice or regulation. It is the time when

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Why Should You Plan for Water?

People at round tables in discussion

Who gets water when there isn’t enough? At a simplified level, the current “Priority Administration” regulations, if enforced when there isn’t enough water, would provide water to Nations/Tribes/Pueblos and other senior irrigators first, leaving very thirsty cities and towns. And with desperately thirsty cities and towns, the New Mexico economy would wither, taking down

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Water Rights … and Water Wrongs

While the rules about them are extremely complicated, “water rights” are simply your permission slip from the State to use water, if you can find it (often a big “if”).  ll too often people conflate paper water and wet water. The results can be seriously misleading or worse. 

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Final Draft Plan of Study Released for Comment

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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Special MRGWA Board Meeting

The Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates is holding a special meeting for dealing with the resignation of its president, and other matters on Tuesday, February 23 at 6:00 pm.

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Opportunity Knocked. Will We Open the Door?

How We Could Preserve Our Water Future At the New Mexico Water Dialogue’s annual statewide meeting (January 13-14, 2021) the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) launched the process to develop a Fifty-Year Water Plan for New Mexico.  The plan presents a new opportunity to really face up to and address New Mexico’s scarcity of…

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50-Year Water Plan Briefing Paper Needs Work

The ISC provided a draft of a “Briefing Paper: 50-Year Water Plan. If we want to make the Fifty-Year Water Plan exercise meaningful, the initial (objectives) paragraph of the Briefing Paper is far too weak. It must be strengthened significantly.

The first paragraphs of the document should unambiguously emphasize a (the) purpose or goal of…

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Announcement – Basin Study – December All Partners Meeting

It looks like Friday, December 4th at 9:30 am works for the most number of people. We hope then to have the official start of the program’s three-year clock. Expect a draft Plan of Study about next Wednesday (Nov. 4) for your review. Bureau of Reclamation will be asking that you submit your comments and…

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Report – All Partners Meeting September 2020

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Rio Grande New Mexico Basin Study conducted a webinar meeting on September 10, 2020 for all of the program partners (as of that date). The meeting agenda topics included a status report on the program, a presentation on the Ten Tribes Partnership involvement in the Colorado River Basin Study, and…

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We’re Gambling with Our Water

New Mexico has not met its obligations to deliver Rio Grande water downstream under the Rio Grande Compact among CO, NM, and TX.  Over the past decade, our under-deliveries through the Middle Rio Grande to Elephant Butte have brought us from a substantial credit into a significant debit for the first time since 1990.  If…

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