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New Mexico Can’t Afford to Ignore the Compact

By Executive Committee | August 10, 2022 |
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Failure to immediately control MRG water users and stop the roll toward violation of the Rio Grande Compact would, at best, represent gross negligence on the part of New Mexico’s Executive and Legislative Branches.

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Legislators Seek and Receive Advice about Water Troubles

By Executive Committee | August 2, 2022 |
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The legislature’s Water and Natural Resources Committee conducted its only water-focused meeting this year July 25-26 at Sandia Pueblo. Legislators heard from expert panels on topics selected by …

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New Mexico Water Governance Reform is Essential to Increase Water Sustainability and Reduce Future Water Insecurity

By Executive Committee | August 1, 2022 |
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New Mexico’s existing water governance is not working and is wrong for the 21st century.

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Rio Grande Basin Study Underway

By Executive Committee | July 6, 2022 |
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The Basin Study will use the best available models of the Rio Grande to evaluate a wide range of climate change and adaptation scenarios.  

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Water Advocates Policy Statement: Vision, Plain Truths, and Commitments

By Executive Committee | July 6, 2022 |
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Vision:  New Mexico will equitably and effectively adapt to climate change and to sustain what we value: our diverse cultures, our people and economy, food production, and riverine and riparian ecosystems. New Mexicans will act now to secure New Mexico’s water future. The Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates will support equitable, evidence-based, water planning, management,…

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Planning for Effective Water Governance – A MRGWA Proposal

By Executive Committee | November 17, 2021 |
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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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Water Authority Withdraws – Why?

By Executive Committee | July 13, 2021 |
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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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A Small Farm Future III: Seeds-Sharing-Enough

By Lynn Montgomery | June 13, 2021 |
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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 |
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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 |
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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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