The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico at New Mexico State University. The NM WRRI was established in 1963 by the New Mexico legislature and approved under the 1964 federal Water Resources Research Act. The institute funds research conducted by faculty and students from universities across the state to address water problems critical to New Mexico and the Southwest. The institute also participates in joint efforts to solve water-related problems along the U.S./Mexico border.

Through its support of research and its interaction and cooperation with other water resources entities, the institute continuously strives to alleviate water problems, working toward ensuring an ample supply of high quality water for future generations.

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Technical Completion Report 367, "Use of the DRASTIC Model to Evaluate Groundwater Pollution Sensitivity from On-Site Wastewater Systems in the Mesilla Basin"

by J. Steven Walker and Sam Fernald, NM Water Resources Research Institute, and Christopher Brown, Geography Department, New Mexico State University

Technical Completion Report 366, "Validation, Calibration, and Improvement of Remote Sensing ET Algorithms in Mountainous Regions Using Scintillometers"

by Jan M.H. Hendrickx, Hydrology Program, Department of Earth & Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech and Jan Kleissl, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California at San Diego (Formerly at Hydrology Program Department of Earth & Environmental Science New Mexico Tech)

Technical Completion Report 365, "Distribution and Transport of Pyrogenic Black Carbon in Soils Affected by Wildfires, Valles Caldera, New Mexico, with Implication for Contaminant Transport"

by Daniel Cadol, Amy Galanter, Phoebe Nicholls of the Department of Earth and Environment Science at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.

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USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program Fiscal Year 2015

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; afernald@nmsu.edu) or Cathy Ortega Klett, (575-646-1195;coklett@nmsu.edu) as soon as possible. Proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 10, 2015.

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply and availability, and promoting the exploration of new ideas that address or expand our understanding of water problems. Included are the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

  • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement.
  • Exploration and advancement of our understanding of changes in the quantity and quality of water resources in response to a changing climate, population shifts, and land use changes; including associated economic, environmental, social, and/or infrastructure costs.
  • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water.
  • Development and evaluation of processes and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/groundwater management.
  • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.

This program provides university researchers with up to $250,000 for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration. It requires a 1:1 non-federal match. The intent of the program is to encourage projects with collaboration between universities and the USGS. Funds have not been appropriated for this program but the USGS is proceeding with the proposal solicitation process in case an appropriation is received. General information on this program is available at http://water.usgs.gov/wrri/national-competitive-grants.php. Links are provided to information on past year funding and the 2015 RFP.

Researchers must submit their proposal online at the NIWR.net website. The deadline is February 19, 2015, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.