Clockwise from upper left: Water conference participants learned about Bureau of Reclamation river rehabilitation projects; the conference provided time to network
with colleagues; another field trip took participants to the San Agustin Plains; poster presenters described their current water-related research.
62nd Annual New Mexico Water Conference
Hosted at NM Tech
by Catherine Ortega Klett, NM WRRI Program Manager
New Mexico Tech President Stephen G. Wells gave the opening address at this year’s NM WRRI annual water conference. Dr. Wells welcomed water conference participants to the campus, which was hosting the conference for the first time in its 62-year history. Dr. Wells presented a talk on The Landscape of Water – Past, Present, & Future. We are fortunate to have a New Mexico university president, with his expertise in geology and geomorphology, discuss the hydrologic cycle and water issues in New Mexico.
During the day-and-a-half conference, over 180 participants listened to several panel discussions and talks covering a broad range of water issues linked to the theme of Hidden Realities of New Water Opportunities. Topics included the tradeoffs that come from developing new water across New Mexico, the management aspects of farmland retirement, innovations in watershed management, underground storage and recovery projects in the state, the hydrogeology of the San Agustin Plains, and brackish water and desalination efforts in New Mexico.