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

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

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?

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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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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The Scorecard on ABQ Sprawl

Seven years ago, the New Mexico Mercury published The Scorecard on ABQ Sprawl, an article by Lora Lucero, a land use attorney, city planner, community gardener and community journalist. The article addresses the egregious disconnect between land use planning and water use planning in the Albuquerque area. How much has changed? The Albuquerque region has…

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