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Opportunity Knocked. Will We Open the Door?

By Bob Wessely | January 16, 2021 |
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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 water issues in each unique hydrologic region. …

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Rio Grande Basin Study is Moving Forward

By Executive Committee | December 5, 2020 |
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The Rio Grande Basin Study is beginning to feel more tangible. Over sixty people attended Reclamation’s quarterly “All Partners” meeting held Dec. 4. After a presentation on in-progress climate assessment research and a coming agricultural adaptation workshop, the discussion focused on the detailed draft plan for the three-year …

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Planning for water scarcity and our changing climate

By Executive Committee | November 27, 2020 |
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Interstate Stream Commission members agree the need for effective water planning is urgent. Yet two years into this administration, the staff is not yet focused on “helping New Mexicans plan for water scarcity and a changing climate.”

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State Water Actions Urgently Required

By Norm Gaume | November 15, 2020 |
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Leadership and unprecedented actions are needed to prevent a Rio Grande Compact violation in 2021. Serious water planning can no longer be neglected. The legislature is requested to take five actions.

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50-Year Water Plan Briefing Paper Needs Work

By Bob Wessely | November 10, 2020 |
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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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Report – All Partners Meeting September 2020

By Bob Wessely | October 31, 2020 |
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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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Nearly Half of the U.S. Is in Drought. It May Get Worse.

By Executive Committee | October 31, 2020 |
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The New York Times published an article on October 15 “Nearly Half of the U.S. Is in Drought. It May Get Worse.” Nearly half of the continental United States is gripped by drought, government forecasters said Thursday, and conditions are expected to worsen this winter across much of the Southwest and South. Mike Halpert, deputy…

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We’re Gambling with Our Water

By Bob Wessely | October 20, 2020 |
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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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Let’s Get Real – Part 2

By Bob Wessely | September 17, 2020 |
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Wake up, New Mexico! We need to be honest with ourselves. Water troubles are coming, big time!

IMHO it’s about time that we pulled our political heads out of the sand. We’ve pursued the state agencies’ concepts …

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Let’s Get Real!

By Bob Wessely | August 7, 2020 |
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Wake up, New Mexico! We need to be honest with ourselves. Water troubles are coming, big time!

IMHO it’s about time that we pulled our political heads out of the sand. We’ve pursued the state agencies’ concepts …

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