free public forum and discussion
by the Middle Rio Grande
9:00 am - 12:30
of New Mexico
Smith Hall, Room 120
Water Budget - In 1999, the Middle Rio Grande Water
Assembly developed a Water Budget. 31
experts from various water-related fields investigated where our water came
from and how it was used, considering two dozen components. Based on data from 1972 to 1997, the Water
Budget showed that water consumption exceeded renewable supply by 15 to
20%. And that was during New Mexico’s
wettest quarter century in the past 2000 years!
Regional Water Plan -That water imbalance provided the
basis for our Regional Water Plan. The Assembly, through an extensive public
process and in partnership with the Mid Region Council of Governments,
developed the 2004 Regional Water Plan for Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia
Counties. The Plan contains 43 recommendations on how
the Region should proceed to balance water use with renewable supply.
Changes Have Occurred - More than a decade has passed and
we’ve seen numerous changes. Renewable
inflows have declined significantly.
Conservation efforts have reduced per capita use. The Conservancy
District infrastructure for distributing irrigation water has been
improved. The Water Utility Authority
has started using some of its surface (San Juan / Chama) water, reducing its
groundwater pumping. Some agricultural
water has been re-purposed to domestic or urban use. Population has grown. Natural systems have continued to suffer stress.
For Better or Worse? - Have we made progress in reducing our
deficit spending of water? Or have we
lost ground? Have recent climatic
changes already impacted our supply? The
Water Assembly asked a team of technical experts to study the relation between
consumptive use and renewable supply for the follow-on period 1998 through
2013. The report of that technical group, a draft updated water budget, will be
presented during the public forum..
Likely Future Stresses - Recently, the federal Bureau of
Reclamation, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, modeled future
water availability, based, in part, upon recent knowledge about climate change. One of the main authors of that study will
present projections of water availability across the coming decades.
Possible Adaptations – An expert presentation will indicate
some candidate ways we could adapt to the realities, as well as what it might
mean if we don’t.
Steps - The passage
of time and increase in knowledge demand an update of the 2004 Regional Water
Plan. In keeping with its mandate to
provide an open, inclusive, and participatory process, the Water Assembly will
kick-off the Update to the Regional Water Planning Process on June 28. The last hour of the forum will be devoted to
discussion by participants, on how to begin to create adaptive strategies and
update the Plan.
of speakers are listed for
informational purposes only.
are serving as volunteer individuals,
as representatives of
their respective organizations.
and Continental Breakfast
Hebard, Water Assembly Volunteer
to conference content
Water Budget, Regional
Have Changed, Plan for the
Wessely, Water Assembly President
Thomson, Research Professor,
Civil Engineering, UNM
Budget in the Context of
US Bureau of Reclamation
Any Water (a song)
Goodell, nationally known
Solutions: Where Should
We Go From Here?
Passell, Ecologist, Sandia
Adddressing Our Current
Prioritize Top Strategic
Join a group to present
ideas to the Annual Assembly
Adjourn to Continue
- Water Assembly Board of
Info: Elaine Hebard
(505) 247-8767 <EHebard@yahoo.com>