Lake Superior has once again been
found here in the desert
-- our water worries are over! Or are they?
A forum on the promises and perils
of desalination of saline or brackish waters
for producing drinking water.
new water supplies were declared to have been found in the Rio Puerco. Deep, very mineralized water is now touted as
the way to supply future growth. In the
1970s, the aquifer under Albuquerque was declared to be another Lake Superior. Twenty years later, we discovered that the
geology was much more complex and the water was not as plentiful as hoped. Ground-water levels have declined
significantly. The search is on for
the pros and cons of relying on brackish water for our future? The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly and
UNM's Water Resources Program are sponsoring this public forum to discuss the
issues surrounding desalination and deep wells.
The agenda includes perspectives by advocates for the development and
use of such waters and by proponents presenting the limitations and risks.
February 21, 2009
a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
of New Mexico
Rio Grande Water Assembly
- UNM Water Resources Program
- Kevin Bean,
Chair of the MRG Water Assembly
Thomson, Director of UNM Water Resources Program (link
9:10 Setting the Stage
Is Desalinated Water?
9:50 What Is Being Proposed?
A Focus on Sandoval County's Project
10:15 Why Desalinated Water Matters?
Gaines, Director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at UNM School of
Law (link to presentation)
10:45 In-depth Perspectives Panel
and Legal Issues
D'Antonio, New Mexico State Engineer
Haas, Counsel for Interstate Stream Commission (link to presentation)
Faris, Environmental Scientist, Ground Water Quality Bureau, NM Environment
McGregor, Hydrogeologist, Bernalillo County Public Works Division - Water
Issues to be Considered
Pino, Tribal Administrator for Zia Pueblo
12:15 What Policies Might Be Needed?
Question & Answer