State Water Planning Town Hall: Advancing New Mexico’s Water Future

State Water Planning Town Hall: Advancing New Mexico’s Water Future

Date: 13-DEC-2017

Times:
Day 1: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Day 2: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM

Location: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Overview

New Mexicans interested in our water future signed up for a two-day deliberative town hall to inform the State Water Plan. This document is the primary policy guide for New Mexico’s water policy. Participants engaged in discussions on water issues and offered suggestions to the Interstate Stream Commission.

How was the event organized?

People from all corners of the state worked together over the two days to develop policy suggestions. New Mexico First town halls are not typical conferences with a series of presentations. There was a few opening speakers to help set the context, but the bulk of the time was devoted to small group discussions about potential policy change.

Each participant joined one small group for the entire event. When registering, each person selected their first and second choice topics from the list below. The topics were based on requirements in the statute. Before the town hall, registrants received a background report that provided a basis for the discussions. Participants committed to reading the two chapters tied to their potential small group topics.

Topics

  • Striking a Balance: Increasing Water Supply and Reducing Demand
  • Protecting Precious Resources: Water Quality, Watersheds and Natural Environments
  • Making Improvements: Building and Maintaining Water Infrastructure
  • Gatekeeping: Water Rights and Legal Matters
  • Bridging Gaps: Collaboration, Improved Water Planning, And Information-Sharing
  • Preparing for a Changing New Mexico: Open topic including issues such as climate, land use and economics

Who attended?

  • Water planners
  • Participants from the regional water planning process
  • NGOs involved in water work
  • Government officials
  • Acequia associations
  • Water rights holders
  • Landowners
  • Students
  • Others who care about New Mexico’s water future

December 13, 2017

WHEN WHAT
8:30 Check-in, Light Breakfast & Networking
9:00
  • Welcome Blessing: Myron Armijo, NM Office of the State Engineer, Santa Ana Pueblo
  • Welcome: John Longworth, NM Interstate Stream Commission
  • Overview: Heather Balas, NM First
9:20

Roundtable Discussion and Pop Quiz Discussion moderated by Heather Balas

  • Gerald Chacon
  • Sam Fernald, NM Water Resources Research Institute
  • Michaelene Kyrala, NM Environment Department
  • Lucia Sanchez, NM Interstate Stream Commission
10:45 Town Hall Overview Heather Balas
11:00 Break
11:15 Small Group Overview, Introductions and Vision Statement Discussion
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Small Group Topic Discussion
3:10 Break
3:25 Small Group Topic Discussion & Suggestions, cont’d
4:45 Plenary Session: Next Steps Heather Balas
5:00 Adjourn

December 14, 2017

WHEN WHAT
8:30

Overview & Light Breakfast

  • Tom Blaine, State Engineer
  • Heather Balas, President and Executive Director
9:00 Small Group – Finalize & Prioritize Suggestions
10:00 Break
10:15 Small Group – Offer Suggestions to Other Groups
11:30 Small Group – Review Proposed Amendments
12:30 Lunch
1:30 Plenary Session Plenary Chair: Heather Balas
2:45
  • Closing Lucia Sanchez, NM Interstate Stream Commission
  • John Longworth, NM Interstate Stream Commission
3:00 Adjourn

Report

Background Report

Participants agreed to read at least the two chapters aligned to their potential small group discussion topics.State Water Planning Town Hall: Advancing New Mexico’s Water Future Background Report State Water Planning Town Hall: Advancing New Mexico’s Water Future Background Report

Town Hall Results Report

  • State Water Planning Town Hall Final Report State Water Planning Town Hall Final Report
    Contract with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission on statewide water policy planning   16-Jan-2018


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    Organizers

    Interstate Stream Commission
    The forum was convened by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. The ISC contracted with New Mexico First to develop the background report, manage the town hall, and synthesize the results.

     


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