Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly


Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly

balance water use with renewable supply


The Water Assembly is now the

Middle Rio Grande Water Advocates. 

We strongly recommend you visit our new website MRGWaterAdvocates.org



This Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly website, WaterAssembly.org, is not being maintained. 

We are keeping this old website available because it contains archival data that might be useful.

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House Memorial 1 in 2017 requested a proposal for the 2019 legislative session
    on how New Mexico water planning in the future should be accomplished.
    The HM1 Working group developed a summary proposal document entitled
Making the Case for Change.

 along with three draft legislative bills to implement the recommended changes:

Summary of the three bills

Citizens’ development process for the three House bills
Citizens’ development process for the two Senate bills

HB174 – Middle Rio Grande water management
SB558 – Middle Rio Grande water management
HB186 - Making water planning effective
SB560 - Making water planning effective
HB187 - Recommending water law changes

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The Water Advocates purpose is to create a sustainable, resilient water future for the Middle Rio Grande (Otowi Bridge to Elephant Butte Dam) by seeking allies, advocating for, and demanding water management and administration decisions and actions consistent with best available science and applicable law.

Water Advocates' 18th Council at UNM

November 10, 2018   8:30am to 2:30pm


Making the Case for Change

Too Many Promises, Too Little Water

A Call to Action!

The session report: slides, audio, etc.

    The Water Advocates 18th Council on November 10, 2018 focused
    on presenting the concepts in that proposal document and considering
    how to promote some or all of those concepts.

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Selected Coming Events

                          Water Advocates Board of Directors Meeting:
                       Monday, July 1, 2019  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                   Mario's Pizzeria & Ristorante, 5700 Fourth Street NW
                                Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

          Location Map                      Draft Board Agenda
                                                          Draft Previous Minutes     

Comments on the July 2018 draft State Water Plan

ISC requested for public comment on the draft State Water Plan.
    In response, the Water Advocates Board appointed a subcommittee that
    collected comments from Directors, organized the comments, and
the Water Advocates comments to the ISC 

Major Activities At This Time:

The MRG Regional Water Plan Update
Governance Study Group (GSG) Participation

The Quarterly Debate Project

The MRG Futures Project

Recent Events:

   Seventeenth Water Assembly - October 22, 2016 - 9am-3pm
       "Managing the River to Failure - Is There a Better Way?"
       at the University of New Mexico's Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
Agenda with links to speakers' slides and audio

     Sixteenth Water Assembly - March 21, 2015 - 9am-3pm
       "Climate Disruption and Our Water Future - Mitigate, Adapt or Suffer
           - A Call for New Strategies"
       at the University of New Mexico's Dane Smith Hall, Room 123
Agenda with links to slides and discussion notes

    Water Assembly Public Forum:
Our Water Imbalance - Creating Adaptive Strategies Together   
      Saturday June 28, 2014   9:00 am - 12:30 pm       
                  (continental breakfast at 8:30 am) 
        UNM Dane Smith Hall,  Room 120
        Albuquerque, New Mexico

     Fifteenth Annual Water Assembly - November 5, 2011 - 9am-4pm
       "Choosing Our Future" - Scenario Planning
       at the University of New Mexico's Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
Assembly presentations, discussion, and initial scenario attributes

    Fourteenth Annual Water Assembly June 12, 2010
      "2025 ... A Water Prophecy?"   ...  
The prophecy text 
       at the University of New Mexico's Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
Assembly presentations and discussions

    An Informational Forum
Aquifer Recharge, Storage & Recovery:   Boon or Boondoggle?
     April 9, 2011  9:00 am - 1:00 pm  
       at the University of New Mexico's Law School, Room 2402
       Location Map  Invitational Flyer  Agenda with links to slides and audio

    A Land and Water Workshop Sponsored by the UNM Utton Center
"Integrating Land Use and Water Planning in New Mexico"
       April 8, 2011  8:30am-4:00pm, Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, NM 


     Regional Water Plan Update Submissions -

    The Water Assembly submitted water planning information (planning principles, update considerations, future strategies, technical data, and summary of public meeting) to MRCOG's Steering Committee with a recommendation that the material be included in the Steering Committee's submission to the ISC, along with the Steering Committee's other products (status evaluation of 2004 Plan recommedations, a selection of possible projects, and a public involvement plan for the update).  Following are
links to the draft submissions 

          Water Assembly Submission to Steering Committee
Water Planning Information Package   (1.3 Mb)
          Steering Committee Submission to ISC
Future Project List   (0.2 Mb)
Public Involvement Plan   (0.3 Mb)

    The Middle Rio Grande Water Budget - Averages for 1972-1997
    A Technical Basis for the 2004 Regional Water Plan
View the Water Budget Document   (0.3 Mb)
          (also see
Chapter 6 of the Regional Water Plan for more detail)

    Water Assembly Annual Report 2018-2019
President's Annual Report - July 1, 2019   (0.4 Mb)

    2019 Legislation
New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance’s legislation list   (1.0 Mb)


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