Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly

2011  15th Annual Water Assembly

Choosing Our Future
Phase II of the Futures Project

Saturday, November 5, 2011
Fifteenth Annual Water Assembly
UNM Dane Smith Hall

        Link to 15th Annual Assembly Announcement (0.1 MB)  

        Link to 15th Annual Assembly Agenda Handout (0.2 MB)  

Background:  During Phase I of the Futures Project in 2009 and 2010, an interdisciplinary team of experts developed a scenario called "The Story," picturing a possible year 2025 future for the Middle Rio Grande region, Sandoval, Bernalillo, and Valencia Counties.  The team members also provided brief technical justifications in their respective fields of expertise.

In creating The Story, the expert team was asked to assume there would be no new policy changes after 2010.   The Story was presented at the Fourteenth Annual Water Assembly back in June 2010.  This Fifteenth Assembly starts Phase II of the Futures Project, which seeks to have diverse community members and leaders create four alternative 2025 scenarios, each scenario allowing for policy changes after 2010.   

         Link to The Story (abridged one-page version) (0.1 MB)

           Link to The Story (full three-page version) (0.2 MB)

           Link to The Story (technical backup papers) (0.4 MB)

  8:00    Registration and Continental Breakfast
                     link to introductory slides  (0.4 MB)
                     link to agenda slides  (0.4 MB)

  9:00    Welcome and Introduction
                 Kevin Bean, Water Assembly President
                     link to audio  (4.2 MB)

  9:05    Background - The Futures Project - Purpose, Status and Plans                   John Brown, Water Assembly Treasurer
                     link to prepared text  (0.1 MB)
                     link to audio  (9.5 MB)

  9:20    Scenarios and Scenario Planning - The Concept
                 Jack Jekowski, Scenario Planner
                     link to slides  (0.4 MB)
                     link to audio  (37.2 MB)

  9:50    Futures Project Scenarios - Approach for the Day
                 Lucy Moore, Lead Facilitator
                     link to axis assumptions, cause/effect areas  (0.1 MB)
                     link to audio  (21.9 MB) 

10:20    Break - Continental Breakfast Left Overs

10:30    Four Breakout Groups to Develop Scenarios:
                     link to axis assumptions, cause/effect areas  (0.1 MB)

                 Group 1 - Cheap Water, Cheap Energy Scenario  
                     Victoria Garcia, Facilitator

                 Group 2 - Cheap Water, Expensive Energy Scenario  
                     Yolynda Begay, Facilitator

                 Group 3 - Expensive Water, Expensive Energy Scenario   
                     Victoria Garcia, Facilitator

                 Group 4 - Expensive Water, Cheap Energy Scenario   
                     Mary Davis Hamlin, Facilitator

12:30    Election of Water Assembly Directors (during lunch)
                     link to advocacy group summary slide  (0.1 MB)
                     link to election results  (0.1 MB)

  1:30    30 Minute Plenary Review of Each Scenario (report/discussion)
Jack Jekowski and Lucy Moore

CAUTION:  The "facilitator notes" below contain only the raw source data from which the Water Assembly will be working to derive coherent scenario descriptions..

    Group 1's Scenario - Water Cheap; Energy Cheap
           "Miracle Occurs;  What? Me Worry?"
           link to scenario attributes - facilitator notes  (0.1 MB)
    Group 2's Scenario - Water Cheap; Energy Expensive
           "Hobbit Land"
           link to scenario attributes - facilitator notes (0.1 MB)
    Group 3's Scenario - Water Expensive; Energy Expensive
           "Coming to Our Sesnses"
           link to scenario attributes - facilitator notes  (0.1 MB)
    Group 4's Scenario - Water Expensive; Energy Cheap
           "Energized but Thirsty"
           link to scenario attributes - facilitator notes (0.1 MB)

    link to plenary session summary - facilitator notes (0.1 MB)
    link to plenary session audio  (99.5 MB)

  3:30    Wrap Up and Next Steps 
                 Lucy Moore, Facilitator
                     link to the full summary -all five facilitator notes  (0.2 MB)

  4:00    Adjourn 15th Annual Water Assembly

  4:05    New Board of Directors Meeting
                 Personal Introductions, Schedule Next Meeting

  4:15    Adjourn Board of Directors Meeting  


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