Archived News/Events 2015


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.


The December 2014 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online at:

http://wrri.nmsu.edu/publish/dr/xxxvii2.pdf


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.


Archived News/Events 2014


"Rain in New Mexico: Past, Present, and Future" - A Presentation by Tom Schmugge

The New Mexico Academy of Science is pleased to present a talk by renowned expert in satellite remote sensing by Dr. Thomas Schmugge.

Time, Date, and Location: 5:30 PM, Wednesday, October 8th, at the Museum of Nature and Science, Las Cruces, NM.

Please follow link for additional information. http://www.nmas.org/news/rain-in-new-mexico-past-present-and-future-a-presentation-by-tom-schmugge


New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
to host
59th Annual New Mexico Water Conference.
November 18-19, 2014
Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza

Click Here to Register and View Program


The 2014 New Mexico water conference includes a Call for Poster Abstracts on any water research and management topic. However, this year NM WRRI is particularly interested in posters related to the water conference theme, New Mexico’s Water Future: Connecting Stakeholder Needs to Water Information. New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s conference website at: http://2014.wrri.nmsu.edu/posters/info.


New Logo NM WRRI

FY15 Student Water Research Grant Program

Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students eligible!

Proposals Due September 16, 2014

Students enrolled full-time in a degree program at an New Mexico educational institution are eligible for water-related research grants of up to $6,000.

Projects will start October 1, 2014.
For more information and proposal guidelines Click Here


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Happy 50th Anniversary!

Water Resources Research Act



Fifty years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, signed into law the Water Resources Research Act establishing a Water Resources Research Institute in each state. The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute was one of the first institutes established under the WRRA. New Mexico Senator Clinton P. Anderson was instrumental in designing the Act as he saw the need for academic institutions to lead the way in producing research that would help solve the nation’s water problems.

The 54 institutes nationwide (the WRRA established a water institute in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam) partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to “…enlist the intellectual power of universities and research institutes in a nationwide effort to conserve and utilize our water resources for the common benefit.” On the 50th anniversary of the Act, the USGS acknowledged the Water Resources Research Institutes for “path-breaking research, developing innovation information and technology transfer programs, and providing training to more than 25,000 students in their 50-year history.”

​ The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute continues its efforts to deal with statewide water scarcity issues that impact every sector of our economy and looks forward to assisting New Mexico in the next 50 years.

The USGS press release, USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research Act: Vital research on water flows from 1964 law is available at: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3937&from=rss_home#.U8fxhk9OWUl​


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FY15 Faculty Water Research Grants Awarded

The NM WRRI is pleased to announce that five water research grants will be awarded to New Mexico faculty in response to the Request for Proposals issued in April. Funding for the grants was made available through the New Mexico State Legislature. Awards support targeted research to improve management of the waters of New Mexico.

Each of the projects will receive about $30,000 in funding for one-year projects that start on July 1, 2014. “New Mexico has preeminently qualified faculty researchers who are ready to assist the state of New Mexico in dealing with water management issues and are prepared to lead the water research effort to ensure a sustainable water future for the state. These projects are part of a larger legislatively funded NM WRRI statewide initiative that includes researchers from NMSU, UNM, and NM Tech plus the state and federal agencies. We will release additional project details as they become available. Today we send our congratulations to the recipients of the water research grants.”

Grant awards include:

  • Doing hydrology backwards in New Mexico to estimate a statewide water budget (i.e. Canadian River, RG, Gila, Pecos), Ricardo González-Pinzón, University of New Mexico, Center for Water and the Environment, Department of Civil Engineering
  • Drought, salinity, and invasive plants: A new model for sustainable water management, Geno A. Picchioni, New Mexico State University, Plant and Environmental Sciences and Brian Schutte, NMSU Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences
  • Policy alternatives for controlling nitrate pollution from NM’s dairies,Jingjing Wang, University of New Mexico, Department of Economics
  • Assessment of water table and water quality variations with respect to river flow along Rio Grande between Garfield NM and Fabens TX, Blair Stringam and Manoj Shukla, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences
  • Identification of law and policy options for best water management practices,Adrian Oglesby, UNM, Utton Transboundary Resources Center

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DEADLINE APPROACHING – MAY 21, 2014

Fiscal Year 2015 Request for Proposals NM WRRI Faculty Water Research Grant Program Closing Date: 5:00 p.m., May 21, 2014 RFP available at FY 2015 NM WRRI Faculty Research Program


Save The Date


The Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission (OSE/ISC) Job Opportunity

The OSE/ISC has posted an opening for Interstate Stream Commission Director, job notice #6144. Deadline has been extended to Friday, 5/30/14 at 5:00 PM. For more information please follow link
ISC Director Job Opportunity #6144


OSE

NM Interstate Stream Commission announces the
Lower Rio Grande water planning region public meeting on May 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Doña Ana County Commission Chambers.

(Santa Fe) -The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) has initiated public meetings within the 16 New Mexico water planning regions. The purpose of these meetings is two-fold: to provide information about the two-year regional and state water update process and to initiate the re-establishment of regional steering committees.

For additional information, contact Lela Hunt, Public Information Officer at 505-699-4923 or follow link: Lower Rio Grande water planning region for May 21, 2014.


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Fiscal Year 2015 Request for Proposals


NM WRRI Faculty Water Research Grant Program
Closing Date: 5:00 p.m., May 21, 2014


RFP available at FY 2015 NM WRRI Faculty Research Program

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) announces availability of funding for its Faculty Water Research Grant Program. Funds have been made available through the New Mexico State Legislature with the support of the Governor to support targeted research to improve management of the waters of New Mexico. In this solicitation, NM WRRI expects to fund about four $30,000 grants with state funding for FY 2015.

Proposals are sought from researchers in any academic discipline at a New Mexico university. For this funding cycle, proposals are sought in three priority topic areas:

• integrated statewide water budget
• water policy for planning
• water-supply innovation



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NM WRRI receives water researchfunding and will offer faculty and student research grants.


The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is pleased to announce that it will receive $1 million for a water research initiative to improve water management in New Mexico. The funding for fiscal Year 2015, with potential to recur in the future, was provided by the New Mexico Legislature with the support of the Governor. It will elevate the institute's ability to address New Mexico's myriad water problems. On behalf of water researchers throughout the state of New Mexico, the institute is very grateful and expresses sincere thanks for the strong support during the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session.

As part of the water initiative, the NM WRRI has issued a Request for Proposals to fund research by New Mexico's university faculty. In keeping with the will of the legislation that provided the funding, research will be sought that addresses three priority topic areas: integrated statewide water budget, water policy for planning, and water-supply innovation.Proposals in response to the RFP are due May 21, 2014. Announcement of awards will be made in mid-June with projects to start on July 1, 2014.

In mid-August, the NM WRRI will announce the availability of student grants to address the same priority topics. Student grant proposals will be due in mid-September for projects to begin October 1, 2014. Please check the NM WRRI website for updates on these grant opportunities.


El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico, Exhibition Opening, Saturday, May 3, 1:00 - 3:30 PM


Please see announcement for visiting the Acequia Exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropolo


gy at the University of New Mexico. The exhibition is free and open to all.

City of Las Cruces logo

2014 Lush & Lean free workshops

will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Please see schedule of dates at http://wrri.nmsu.edu/news/CityOfLC_LushAndLeanSchedule.pdf and for Syllabus http://wrri.nmsu.edu/news/CityOfLC_LushAndLeanSyllabus.pdf


Save the Date — Saturday May 3, 1PM

El Aqua es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico, Exhibition Opening

Exhibition will be held at the Maxwelll Museum of Anthropology, 1 University Blvd NE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. The exhibition is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Ortiz Center, and Friends of the Maxwell Museum and is free and open to the public. For additional information, please follow link Acequia_Save_the_Date_May3_2014.


The January 2014 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online at:

http://wrri.nmsu.edu/publish/dr/xxxvii1.pdf


USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2014

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) or Cathy Ortega Klett (coklett@nmsu.edu ) as soon as possible. Proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 10, 2014.

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, including 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 model development of the dynamics of extreme hydro-meteorological events and associated economic, environmental, social, and or infrastructure costs.

• Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, at gaged and ungaged sites, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water.

• Development and evaluation of alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water 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. The RFP at https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates.

Researchers must submit their proposal online at the NIWR.net website. The deadline is February 20, 2014, by 4pm Eastern Time.

NM WRRI NEWS: USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2014


Governor Susana Martinez announces $2M proposal for support of NM WRRI


The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute was pleased to hear the announcement by Governor Susana Martinez of her $2M proposal for support of water research through the NM WRRI. The funding will elevate the statewide institute to meet additional water research needs associated with drought, water scarcity, water planning, and water quality. Included in the $2M initiative is a $350,000 base budget expansion originally approved as the #1 NMSU priority for Research and Public Service Project funding. Additional funding proposed by Governor Martinez includes $800,000 for a statewide water assessment, $100,000 for an NMSU faculty position for regional water budgeting, $450,000 for sustained long-term water research, and $300,000 for a Center for Water Excellence.

This recommendation still needs to be adopted by the New Mexico legislature in the upcoming 2014 session before getting final signature from the governor. Everyone can be a winner on this. Please contact your legislator to support expanded funding for NM WRRI.


Governor Susana Martinez Proposes
$2 Million Investment to Boost Water Research and Innovation at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute


Building an Economy that Leads Requires Water Security Throughout New Mexico

Albuquerque – Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico. Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Governor Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NM WRRI works to solve New Mexico's pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico's colleges and universities. (see more)


The EPA Releases a Report of Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow and Water Quality in 20 Watersheds in the United States.

The report also provides an improved understanding of methodological challenges associated with integrating existing tools (e.g., climate models, downscaling approaches, and watershed models) and data sets to address these scientific questions. To view the study and related links, visit:
http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncea/global/recordisplay.cfm?deid=256912.


NM WRRI 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference

Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity

(The full conference proceedings will be available soon.)

A two-day town hall will bring together people from around the state to develop practical recommendations on water use and policy. Date: April 15-16, 2014. Tenative Times: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Marriott Pyamid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.


NMSU Institute for Energy and the Environment offers 2014 water fellowship


Students majoring in engineering, biology, chemistry, environmental science, economics or another area related to the nexus of water, energy and the environment are invited to apply for the New Mexico State University Institute for Energy and the Environment 2014 Spring Water Fellowship Program.

Fellowship participants will get practical, hands-on experience conducting water research with faculty and staff at IEE and/or the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, N.M. They also will receive financial assistance and will be able to do meaningful work to help meet regional, national and global water needs.

Fellowships are available to full-time undergraduate students who are taking an environmentally related course of studies and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher. Applications are available at IEE/WERC in Suite 300 of the Ed and Harold Foreman Complex, or online at http://www.ieenmsu.com/programs/water-nexus/waterfellowship. Applications must be received by Jan. 17, 2014. http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/9941/nmsu-institute-for-energy-and-the-environment-offers-2014-water-fellowship


Archived News/Events 2013


New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Job Opportunity


Job Title: General Counsel (OSE #64956) Closing Date/Time: Friday 12/20/13, 5:00 PM Mountain Time

This position is located in the Office of the State Engineer, Litigation and Adjudication Program (LAP), where the successful applicant will perform the highest level legal services as the General Counsel for the agency and LAP Program Director.

(OSE_JobOpportunity2013.pdf)

Don't Miss the Deadlines!


58th Annual NM Water Conference


Early Bird Registration
$85 through Oct 30, 2013
Register at
http://2013.wrri.nmsu.edu/

Embassy Suites Albuquerque Reservation
$114 through November 4, 2013
Call (505) 245-7100

DON'T MISS OUT!

DEADLINE: October 4, 2013

Call for Poster Abstracts

NM Water Resources Research Institute presents the
58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference

New Water Realities: Proposals for Meaningful Change
November 21-22, 2013 at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque, NM

Poster abstract guidelines are online at http://2013.wrri.nmsu.edu/posters


NMSU Engineering professor to talk about water management.

Salim Bawazir, a professor of civil engineering will give a talk entitled, "New Insights on Management of Riparian Zones in the Rio Grande to Conserve Water, Improve Water Quality and Improve Habitat." Bawazir's presentation is the second of two discussions presented by NMSU College of Engineering faculty at the Museum of Nature and Science. The discussions feature current research from the college and how it enhances life in our community.

His talk will be held at Engineering for Southern New Mexicans at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, October 10, at the Museum of Nature and Science, 411 N. Main Street, Las Cruces, NM. The presentation is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the museum at 575-522-3120.


NM WRRI 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference
New Water Realities: Proposals for Meaningful Change
November 21-22, 2013 at the Embassy Suites Albuquerque

Call for POSTER ABSTRACTS

Deadline: October 4, 2013


Poster abstract guidelines are online at http://2013.wrri.nmsu.edu/posters


The August 2013 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online at:

http://wrri.nmsu.edu/publish/dr/xxxvi3.pdf

AQUAPEDIA

Water Education Foundation's online water encyclopedia is a go-to resource for water information. The focus is primarily on the Western United States, especially California, but certain issues and terms apply globally. Review site at http://www.aquapedia.com/


Drought Information

NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service's website provides New Mexicans with educational publications on drought issues at http://aces.nmsu.edu/pubs/_drought/


Register for the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference, November 21-22, 2013. To be held at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque, NM. http://2013.wrri.nmsu.edu


Early Bird Registration

$85 through October 31, 2013
$125 starting November 1, 2013
$25 for full-time students



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TRANSFORMATIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR WATER IN THE WEST


September 5, 2013

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico

in collaboration with
THE NEW MEXICO WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH INSTITUTE

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the roundtable "Transformational Solutions for Water in the West" on September 5 at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The roundtable discussion will focus on urban solutions, governance solutions, management and research solutions, and challenges and opportunities in transforming ideas into policy. We are also pleased to introduce our keynote speaker, Senator Tom Udall.

Please contact us at energy@acus.org or 202-701-7727 with your confirmation and with any questions you may have. We hope you can join us and are looking forward to your active participation throughout the discussions. Program can be viewed at: news/TransformationalSolutionsForWaterInTheWestRoundtable.pdf


AWRA-New Mexico Section

Craig Roepke - NM Office of the State Engineer

to discuss the current status of the 2004 Arizona Water Settlements Act/Gila Settlement Planning process. Tuesday, August 13, 2013, O'Niell's Pub, Albuquerque. Review upcoming event at http://state.awra.org/new_mexico/index.html


 
Call for Abstracts
Deadline: July 25, 2013

 
Transformational Solutions for Water in the West
September 5, 2013, Albuquerque, NM

The conference aims to explore transformational solutions – technical, or policy level, or both together -- that will return large-scale, non-linear changes to the supply-demand equation. Potential presenters are asked to look beyond incremental approaches (unless they are combined in such a way as to provide transformational results) and to think big, and out of the box.
http://wrri.nmsu.edu/news/Atlantic%20_Council_Call_for_Abstracts.pdf


Senator Tom Udall's Water Conference Report from the 57th Annual NM Water Conference at NMSU available at: http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=blog&id=1282

Udall Fernald

April 30, 2013 - Senator Tom Udall (left) and NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald present the Water Conference Report, which compiles strategies and policy proposals discussed at WRRI's annual water conference in August 2012, which was co-hosted by Senator Udall and New Mexico State University. Photo by J.P. King

Udall Event Gathering

April 30, 2013 - Some water conference and workshop participants gather alongside a dry Rio Grande for the announcement by Senator Tom Udall of the water conference follow-up report detailing 40 proposed actions on dealing with New Mexico's scarce water supplies. Photo by P. Hemp


The May 2013 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online at:

http://wrri.nmsu.edu/publish/dr/xxxvi2.pdf


Call for Presentations:

2nd Annual Student Water Conference, Oklahoma State University, April 4-5, 2013. The conference organizing committee invites graduate and undergraduate students to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations. Additional information can be found at http://biosystems.okstate.edu/Home/gareyf/SWC.htm.


Dr. Barry Hughes to speak on "Alternative Futures for Energy Production and Consumption in the US and the World."

March 18, 2013 — University of New Mexico
Auditorium, Centennial Engineering Building at 5:30PM

March 19, 2013 — Sandia National Laboratories* (please see announcement regarding security clearance)
New Mexico: 701/2001—10:00 AM (MST)
California: M050/107 — 9:00 AM (PST)


Water seminar to be held Feb. 2013

A water seminar, presented by Professor Nir Becker, Tel Hai College, Israel, titled "Water's Contribution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Is a cooperative solution possible?" will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in Gerald Thomas Hall Room 336. Becker has had 20 years' study of water economics. The seminar is open to the public. The room holds only 95 so come early.


Global Perspectives Symposium & Workshop

Acequias and the Future of Resilience in Global Perspective
March 2-3, 2013 - Las Cruces Convention Center

This symposium pursues a holistic understanding of acequia irrigation in the upper Rio Grande Valley as made up of interactive, interdependent biophysical, economic, ecological, and sociocultural systems. It brings together scholars whose perspectives on comparable social-ecological systems in other parts of the world can shed light on the particular and shared features of New Mexican acequias as well as on the challenges they face. Of special interest are questions about whether and how local common resource pool management can maintain or regain resilience under conditions of accelerating integration into a global economy and climate change. Register online for this symposium!


USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2013

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) as soon as possible. Proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 14, 2013.

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, including 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 model development of the dynamics of extreme hydro-meteorological events and associated economic, environmental, social, and or infrastructure costs.
- Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, at gaged and ungaged sites, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water.
- Development and evaluation of alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water 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. The RFP at https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates.

Researchers must submit their proposal online at the NIWR.net website. The deadline is February 21, 2013, by 2pm MST.


Archived News/Events 2012


Fiscal Year 2013 Request for Proposals, Under Section 104
of the Water Resources Research Act

Closing date: 5:00 p.m., November 28, 2012.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) announces availability of U.S. Geological Survey 104B grant funds. These funds are made available through the Water Research Act to support research that improves management of the waters of New Mexico. For Fiscal Year 2013, only partial funding is available due to the current federal budget continuing resolution. NM WRRI expects to fund one $30,000 grant with 104B funds in FY 2013.

In the spring of 2013, a separate NM WRRI RFP is anticipated contingent on New Mexico state funding allocations for FY14 and will fund an additional one to four $25,000 seed grants.


The October 2012 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online.
A Webcast of the 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference will be available at http://2012.wrri.nmsu.edu/webcast
Water scarcity to be topic of 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference at NMSU.

While much attention has been paid of late to the serious short-term drought situation facing farmers in the American Midwest, New Mexico continues to be immersed in the worst two-year drought period in decades.

In this context, it is timely that the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will present the 57th annual New Mexico Water Conference, "Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity." http://newscenter.nmsu.edu/news/article/8785/.


The 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference

has been approved for 5.7 credits by the New Mexico MCLE.


The 56th Annual Water Conference Proceedings

New Water New Energy: A Conference Linking Desalination and Renewable Energyis now available.


NEW DATE and LOCATION for the upcoming 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference.

(Website http://2012.wrri.nmsu.edu )

SaveTheDate

Water Resources Competitive Grant Program FY 2012:

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers requests proposals for grants to support applied investigations in select topic areas. Proposals may request up to $200,000 in federal funds for projects that will conclude with a final paper by August 1, 2014. Up to two awards are expected to be made in FY12 and there is no matching funds requirement for these awards.

Awards will be made to Water Resources Research Institutes so please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity. Deadline is August 15, 2012. If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please have your draft proposal and budget reviewed by NM WRRI no later than August 3, 2012.


2012 UCOWR / NIWR Conference, Managing Water, Energy, & Food in an Uncertain World

is set for July 17-19 in beautiful, historic Santa Fe at the LaFonda. Register by June 17 to get the "Early-Bird Discount." The Preliminary Program and Online Registration links are easily accessed at www.ucowr.org.


The April 2012 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter

is now available online.


Technical Completion Report 358, "Utilization of Saline and Other Impaired Waters for Turfgrass Irrigation"

by Bernd Leinauer of the Department of Extension Plant Sciences; Elena Sevostianova and Casey Johnson of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences at New Mexico State University is now available online.


USGS Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY2012

If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) as soon as possible. Draft proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 13, 2012.

The U.S. Geological Survey requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including enhancement of water supply infrastructure, development of drought impact indicators, evaluation of the dynamics of extreme hydrological events and associated costs, development of methods for better estimation of the physical and economic supply of water, integrated management of ground and surface waters, the resilience of public water supplies, and the evaluation of conservation practices. Proposals are sought in not only the physical dimensions of supply, but also the role of economics and institutions in water supply and coping with extreme hydrologic conditions.

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. The RFP at https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP a gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates. Please review the RFP carefully and if you are considering pursuing this opportunity, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu ) as soon as possible.

Proposals must be filed online by February 23, 2012.


Water Management Seminar Offered

The NMSU College of Engineering civil engineering department will present a seminar on "Wells, Pumps, Etc.," February 11, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Hernandez Hall, Room 103, to help improve water management during the ongoing drought in Southern New Mexico. The seminar will provide technical information on water management and on design and operation of wells and pumping systems. The seminar is for farmers, water managers and people who are involved in developing and operating water systems. Topics to be covered in the seminar include principles of wells and pumps, power units selection and operation, the Lower Rio Grande Adjudication and Operation Agreement, irrigation scheduling, National Resources Conservation Service Water Conservation Program, how to drill a well and effect of irrigation on pecan yield. There is no charge for the seminar, but advance registration is required.

For more information contact Elvia Cisneros at 575-646-3802.


The January 2012 Divining Rod Newsletter

is now available online at http://wrri/publish/dr/xxxv1.pdf


Archived News/Events 2011


The 56th Annual New Mexico Water Conference

will be held this year in Alamogordo, NM on December 13-14, 2011. The title of the conference is "New Water New Energy: A Conference Linking Desalination and Renewable Energy." To register for the conference please follow this link: http://wrri.research.nmsu.edu


The November 2011 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter

is now available online at http://wrri/publish/dr/xxxiv2.pdf


14th World Lake Conference in Austin, TX from 31 October - 4 November 2011

The focus of the conference, titled Lakes, Rivers, Groundwater, and Coastal Areas: Understanding Linkages, is on lake and reservoir systems and their hydrological linkages to upstream and downstream river systems. Organizers have designed the conference to provide an interactive international forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences related to lakes and the water systems that support them.


Video - "Water Scarcity in New Mexico"

by Jared Andersen from KRWG. It contains footage of NMSU and NSF EPSCoR Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) student participation in measuring flows in Rio Hondo in northern New Mexico. Also, there is an interview with one of our collaborators, former Taos county agent Rey Torres. Several participants of the Coupled Natural & Human Systems (CNH) group were also interviewed along with people from different institutions regarding water scarcity issues in New Mexico. The link to watch the video is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HIHJ3elW98&feature=channel_video_title


The Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program

is congressionally authorized to conduct binational scientific research to access systematically priority transboundary aquifers in the border region. Investigations are being conducted in partnership with the U.S. Geological Survey and border Water Resources Research Institutes in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, and in collaboration with appropriate state agencies, stakeholders, Mexican counterparts, and the International Boundary and Water Commission. A report has been prepared by the U.S.G.S.; Texas AgriLife Research, Texas A&M System; New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute; National Water Commission, Geological Service, Mexico; and the International Boundary and Water Commission (IBWC), U.S. and Mexico. The report entitled Hydrogeological Activities in the Conejos-Medanos/Mesilla Basin Aquifer, Chihuahua, Phase I and accompanying Appendices are available online.

The IBWC-U.S. Section currently is preparing a webpage for the program, which will post these and future reports.


August 2011 Divining Rod newsletter

is now available online at http://wrri/publish/dr/xxxiv1.pdf


New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has published an interesting article on a Sacramento Mountains Hydrogeology Study: How Geology and Climate Affect our Water Resources. Follow the link http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/publications/periodicals/earthmatters/11/EMV11N1.pdf to view the article.


Water Resources Competive Grant Program FY 2011:

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers requests proposals for grants to support applied investigations in select topic areas. Proposals may request up to $200,000 in federal funds for projects that will conclude with a final paper by August 1, 2013. Up to four awards are expected to be made and there is no matching funds requirement for these awards. Awards will be made to Water Resources Research Institutes so please contact NMWRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) as soon as possible if you are interested in this opportunity. Deadline is August 1, 2011.


Project Funding Opportunity:

to apply for projects in the Gila River Basin with funding from the Arizona Water Settlements Act through the Interstate Stream Commission go to http://www.ose.state.nm.us/isc_colorado_gila_sanfran_committee.html and click on Tier-1 Application Form, Evaluation Process, Schedule. Deadline is June 30, 2011.


Erin Ward's retirement reception to be held
Friday, May 6, 2011.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute will host a retirement reception for Erin Ward from 3-4:30 p.m. at the institute (Stucky Hall on Espina Street at NMSU). Erin retired April 30 after 17 years of continuous service to NMSU, culminating with the title of director of border projects within the Water Resources Research Institute. A brief presentation will begin at 3:15 p.m. For more information call Annette at 575-646-4337.


Aquifer Recharge, Storage & Recovery: Boon or Boondoggle?

A forum presented by the Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly on April 9, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Light breakfast and conversation begins at 8:30 a.m. Location: UNM Law School, Room 2402, Albuquerque, NM.(free parking on Saturdays, campus map available at http://www.unm.edu/campusmap.html).


Doctoral candidate Pradip Adhikari will present his seminar "Spatial variability of soil"

April 1, 2011 at 3:30 p.m. in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200. Refreshments will be served - bring your own cup. For more information e-mail jessphil@ad.nmsu.edu.


World Water Day

is 22 March 2011. If you are interested in finding out more information about WWD visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/


10 March 2011: WRRI Report 357, Estimating Water Use Through Satellite Remote Sensing by Aldo R. Piñón-Villarreal, Zohrab A. Samani, A. Salim Bawazir, Max P. Bleiweiss, Rhonda Skaggs,and Vien T. Tran is now available online.


NMSU's Spring 2011 Water Lecture Series, March 2, 2011. Lecture by Dr. Zohrab Samani, a professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. Dr. Samani's lecture will take place at 3:00 p.m. on main campus in Wooten Hall, Room 105. Topic: "Rebuilding Afghanistan: One Stone at a Time."


01 March 2011: WRRI Miscellaneous Report M31, Hydrologic and Vegetal Responses to Prescribed Burning and Herbicidal Treatment of Broom Snakeweed on Blue Grama Rangeland in New Mexico by M. Karl Wood and John H. Mosley is now available online.


10 March 2011: Estimating Water Use Through Satellite Remote Sensing by Aldo R. Piñón-Villarreal, Zohrab A. Samani, A. Salim Bawazir, Max P. Bleiweiss, Rhonda Skaggs,and Vien T. Tran is now available online.


NMSU's Spring 2011 Water Lecture Series, March 2, 2011. Lecture by Dr. Zohrab Samani, a professor of civil engineering in the College of Engineering at New Mexico State University. Dr. Samani's lecture will take place at 3:00 p.m. on main campus in Wooten Hall, Room 105. Topic: "Rebuilding Afghanistan: One Stone at a Time."


01 March 2011: WRRI Miscellaneous Report M31, Hydrologic and Vegetal Responses to Prescribed Burning and Herbicidal Treatment of Broom Snakeweed on Blue Grama Rangeland in New Mexico by M. Karl Wood and John H. Mosley is now available online.


New Mexico State University's Spring 2011 Water Lecture Series will begin Feb. 17 with Jay Stein, a water lawyer from Stein and Brockman, P.A., in Santa Fe, NM. His lecture will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the Gerald Thomas Hall Auditorium, Room 194. Stein will speak about water rights administration on the Rio Grande, particularly how municipalities, irrigators, Native American tribes and others own certain rights and how those rights are exercised and administered in accordance with state and federal law. The use of imported water under the San Juan-Chama Project will also be examined.


12 January 2011: WRRI Interim Director Appointed: Dr. Alexander G. "Sam" Fernald assumed duties of director on January 01, 2011.


Archived News/Events 2010


24 November 2010: WRRI Report 356, Analysis of Water Rights Prices in New Mexico's Lower Rio Grande Basin by Leeann DeMouche, Shawn Landfair, and Frank Ward is now available online.


24 November 2010: WRRI Miscellaneous Report M30, Recovery of Habitat for Gila Trout and Livestock Grazing Following Wildfire in Main Diamond Creek in the Black Range of Southwestern New Mexico by M. Karl Wood and Brent Racher is now available online.


The November 2010 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online.


29 September 2010: WRRI Report 355, Sustainable Recovery of Potable Water from Saline Waters by N. Nirmala Khandan and Veera Gnaneswar Gude is now available online.


09 September 2010: The 2010 New Mexico Water Research Symposium opened with a talk on Resource Interdependence by Howard Passell. The one-day annual technical symposium on water research was attended by 120 participants and featured 37 oral presentations and 32 poster presentations. The symposium is held each year at New Mexico Tech in early August.


03 September 2010: WRRI Report 353, 54th Annual Water Conference Proceedings, "Water Planning in a Time of Uncertainty" is now available online. CDs will be mailed to all conference participants September 8, 2010.


25 August 2010: Technical Completion Report 354, "Digital Hydrogeologic-Framework Model of the San Francisco River Basin, West-Central New Mexico and East-Central Arizona" by John W. Hawley, B.V.N.P. Kambhammettu, and Bobby J. Creel is now available online.


13 August 2010: Abating Uranium Contamination in Four Corners Area Groundwater


The July 2010 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online.


09 June 2010: Technical Completion Report 352, "Simulaton of Groundwater Flow in the Southern Jornada Del Muerto Basin, Dona Ana County, New Mexico" by B.V.N.P. Kambhammettu, Pravenna Allena, and J. Phillip King is now available online.


22 April 2010: Tracking Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes


09 April 2010: Journal of Transboundary Water Resources, Volume 01, February 2010, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute


9 March 2010: Bobby J. Creel - NMWRRI Associate Director and Interim Director 1986-2010