For the first time in its 62-year history, NM WRRI will host its annual water conferences at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NM Tech). Socorro’s center-of-the-state locale and proximity to the Rio Grande offers an ideal backdrop for contemplating the water supply and management challenges facing our entire state. What is the future of water in New Mexico? How will economic development fare in the face of hitting a water supply wall? Is new water a reality or fantasy? Are there hidden costs associated with new water opportunities? Hidden Realities of New Water Opportunities will be explored by an estimated 200 or more participants representing New Mexico faculty and students, water agency staff, water planners, and stakeholders from throughout New Mexico.
The day-and-a-half conference will take place on August 15-16, 2017 at the Macey Center on the New Mexico Tech campus. Senator Tom Udall will address participants and provide an update on efforts associated with the 2012 Conference Report , a product of NM WRRI’s 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference, including action on the federal Drought Bill. Senator Udall will also moderate a panel of representatives from various water sectors in New Mexico including agricultural, tribal, municipal and industrial, and environmental.
The conference program will present a broad range of diverse water issues such as the management aspects of farmland retirement, interbasin transfers, conservation, watershed management, aquifer storage and recovery project implementation, and desalination and brackish water opportunities.