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The ninth session of the series was held on
February 15, 2024

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[ NOTE: Correction on the video:  Tricia's fifth slide in the video indicates $5M for the River Stewardship Program.  That amount was requested; the actual legislative allocation was $3.25M. ]

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Synopsis

Our panel in February featured Tricia Snyder from New Mexico Wilderness Alliance, Sammi Kao from Conservation Voters New Mexico and Gabby O'Keefe from Lavendr. Tricia and Sammi reported on the water funding and policy actions of the 2024 Legislature. Gabby told us why it's so important to have creative translation of complex matters of water and climate science, water facts, and water policies issues for the general public in order to gain more awareness and respectful demand for the transformative change New Mexico's water future requires.

This was an interactive workshop, with a few audience questions answered by the panelists.

Check our website MRGWaterAdvocates.org for workshop updates and subscribe to the Water Advocates newsletter. Our website and each monthly newsletter will contain the latest information on the next one or two workshops. Please email the  Water Advocates with your suggestions for future workshop topics.

Panelists

Tricia Snyder is the Rivers and Waters Program Director at the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance

Sammi Kao is Climate and Energy Director at Conservation Voters New Mexico

Gabby O'Keefe is a staff member with Lavendr, a creative video agency

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The eighth session of the series was held on
January 18, 2024

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Synopsis

This interactive workshop had a panel of three former members of the 2022 State Engineer's Water Policy and Infrastructure Task Force, Phil King, Ladona Clayton, and Norm Gaume. The panelists are working together currently as NM Water Ambassadors. The Water Ambassadors joint purpose is to advocate for all the water task force recommendations. The panelists each presented their highest priorities for water funding and policy, and why. The joint funding requests to the 2024 Legislature of Dr. Ladona Clayton, Executive Director, Ogallala Land and Water Conservancy, and Norm Gaume, P.E. (ret), President, Water Advocates, are available

Panelists

Dr. Phil King is a retired professor from New Mexico State University, and is now a consultant to the Office of the State Engineer and the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission\

Dr. Ladona Clayton is the Executive Director of the Ogallala Land and Water Conservancy

Norm Gaume is the President of the Water Advocates and former Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.

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The seventh session of the series was held on
November 16, 2023

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Synopsis

The November workshop featured a discussion of the 2024 Legislature and what’s needed to support New Mexico’s water future. We engaged leading voices in water advocacy as they unveiled priorities for the 2024 legislative session. The workshop also reflected on a momentous year for water planning – what we’ve learned from our 2023 workshops the top issues and questions from our participants, and the critical working ahead.  Other commitments preempted Paula Garcia's attendance.

Panelists

Ladona Clayton is the Executive Director of the Ogallala Land and Water Conservancy

Norm Gaume is the President of the Water Advocates and former Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.

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The sixth session of the series was held on
Octobert 19, 2023

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Synopsis

The October 19 workshop focused on addressing the public interest in water management within the Middle Rio Grande.

The 2023 water resilience planning law says we must define public welfare for our region.  We must consider that public welfare and future water needs together as we improve water governance to meet all our needs in an increasingly arid state.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Barbara Baca shared her thoughts and answered questions about what is most important to the diverse communities that bring cultural diversity and richness to this unique place that is our home.  Unfortunately, Commissioner Olivas was ill and could not attend.

Panelists

Barbara Baca is Bernalillo County Commission Chair, Board member of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, and member of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Board.

Eric Olivas is Chair of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority Board, and member of the Bernalillo County Commission.

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The fifth session of the series was held on
September 21, 2023

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Synopsis

The September 21 workshop focused on addressing the regular annual shortfalls in delivering water to Elephant Butte.  It was an important, interactive discussion with the State Engineer about Middle Rio Grande water management and planning.  Mike Hamman and Office of the State Engineer General Counsel Nat Chakeres told us what they think and are doing about reducing depletions in the Middle Rio Grande to sustainable levels.

Panelists

Mike Hamman is the New Mexico State Engineer.

Nat Chakeres is the General Counsel for the Office of the State Engineer.

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The fourth session of the series was held on
August 17, 2023

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Synopsis

The August 17 workshop focused on centering equity in water planning.  It was an informative, interactive discussion regarding water resilience planning to show how we should equitably share water supplies in our hotter and drier future.

The Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates and other nongovernmental and community organizations believe centering equity in water planning is crucial for New Mexico's public health and a balanced and secure future. What does centering equity mean in the context of sharing reduced water supplies, across New Mexico and in the Middle Rio Grande? How should regional water scarcity and resilience planning advance public health, and justice, equity, accessibility, diversity, and inclusiveness. What should the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission forthcoming water planning rules and guidelines say about inclusion of public voices?  About equitable access to water to meet human needs and community values?

Panelists

Paula Garcia is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Acequia Association.

Jorge Garcia is the Executive Director, Center for Social Sustainable Systems.

Marcia Fernandez, is a retired teacher who lives on a small South Valley farm, and is a board member of the MRGWA, CESOSS, and South Valley Coalition of Neighborhood Associations.

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The third session of the series was held on
July 20, 2023

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Synopsis

The July 20 workshop focused on the Interstate Stream Commission's plans to stand-up the statewide water planning program over the next two years.

Andrew and Sara explained the ISC’s plans over this year and the next to engage the public, develop rules and guidelines, and prepare to approve the composition of regional water planning entities and fund their detailed regional water planning proposals and work.

The law authorizes regions and communities to voluntarily self-organize and apply for state funding to publicly conduct the planning and prepare regional water resilience plans to live within our means while preserving water supplies for future generations of New Mexicans.

Each participating region, such as the Middle Rio Grande, will prepare its plan to improve regional water security and resilience.

Implementation is the goal. Prioritized projects justified in plans approved by the ISC will go on a special list for award by the Legislature of state-matching funding for implementation.

Panelists

Andrew Erdmann is the Interstate Stream Commission’s water planning program manager

Sara Goldstein is the ISC senior water planner

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The second session of the series was held on
June 15, 2023

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Synopsis

The June 15 workshop focused on the need and aspirations for the new water resilience planning law and the program it authorizes.

What does it do? What are the major steps? What content is needed for program details to be set forth in ISC rules and guidelines?

Panelists

Rachel Conn is Deputy Director of Amigos Bravos. Rachel advocates for strong and environmental just local, state, and federal water policy and provides hands-on support to New Mexico communities and groups working to protect their watersheds.

Norm Gaume, P.E. (ret.), is a retired water resources manager and planner.  He served as a co-lead of the task force Water Management and Planning work group.

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The first session of the series was held on
May 16, 2023

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The first session of the series was held on
May 16, 2023

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Panelists

Hannah Riseley-White is Interim Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and a member of the Water Task Force executive committee.

Norm Gaume, P.E. (ret.), is a retired water resources manager and planner.  He served as a co-lead of the task force Water Management and Planning work group.

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The Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates is presenting a series of ten workshops on critical water issues, each with interactive public participation. A workshop that is directly related to implementation of the new water planning law (72-14A NMSA) will be presented the third Thursday of each month (except December) at 6:30pm.

The Water Advocates are producing this series to help educate and engage New Mexicans to proactively plan for a more resilient and sustainable water future.  Think Water; Act Now!

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