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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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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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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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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Water Authority Pamphlet “Drought 2021”

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority has published a newspaper insert “Drought 2021” addressing the water situation and the agency’s activities during the pandemic. It presents some facts and Water Authority perspectives and PR: • What it means for Albuquerque and Bernalillo County• What you can do to help save water this spring and summer•…

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“Water Risks Grow Across the Southwest”

AZCentral, part of the USA Today Network, has published “As hotter, drier climate grips the Colorado River, water risks grow across the Southwest” addressing effects of climate change in the area. The water level of Lake Mead, the country’s largest reservoir, has dropped more than 130 feet since the beginning of 2000, when the lake’s…

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Hope and Resilience

El Salvador In 2004, “white men in suits “from Canada, Australia and the USA descended upon El Salvador – they were the advance guard of the Pacific Rim Mining corporation. Their mission: to promote the OceanaGold mine deep in the interior. Initially many people were excited at the prospect of prosperity that Pacific Rim promised.…

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