From the President’s Desk: Water Policy Progress and Tipping Points

On April 9, 2024, I witnessed a significant step forward in local government’s approach to water policies crucial for New Mexico’s future. Bernalillo County elected officials and staff have clearly acknowledged in a draft high-level plan that water poses a constraint. This marks the first official acknowledgment of hydrologic reality in Bernalillo County in a long time.

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From the President’s Desk: Sweetwater

The sweet waters of New Mexico are necessary for all life in our beloved state, in all our home places, our querencias. An acerbic senior ISC water engineer told me 25 years ago that we know where New Mexico’s water is.  It is where we live, irrigate, water livestock, hunt and fish, and enjoy our heritage.  He didn’t need to say “sweetwater”.  

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Equity

People know what they want and what they need.  The planning process must help communities distinguish between these two things so we can figure out a way for everyone to share  equitably in the abundance or scarcity of water. 

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A Tipping Point Foretold

Will the future see the 2023 Legislature’s approval of new water policy laws and funding as a tipping point? As advocates for the improved water governance that New Mexico’s future requires, let’s work together to make it so!

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Argentine Fulbright Scholars Recommendations for New Mexico’s Water Future

20 Argentine Fulbright Scholars evaluated and made recommendations for the Middle Rio Grande’s and New Mexico’s water future. Their insightful policy recommendations focused on sustainability, inclusion, equity, research, alliances, water governance reform, and public education and incentives. They characterized New Mexico’s water problems as community problems that require community-driven solutions through collective action.

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Let’s Get Real – Part 2

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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