Day 1: 9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Day 2: 9:00 AM-3:00 PM
Location(s): Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Are you interested in New Mexico’s water future? Sign up today for a two-day deliberative town hall to inform the next State Water Plan! This document is the primary policy guide for New Mexico’s water policy. As part of public engagement on the update of the plan, the upcoming town hall will be held December 13-14 in Albuquerque. Participants will engage in discussions on water issues and offer suggestions advising the Interstate Stream of significant changed conditions facing New Mexico’s water future.
How will the event be organized?
People from all corners of the state will work together over the two days to develop policy suggestions. New Mexico First town halls are not typical conferences with a series of presentations. There will be a few opening speakers to help set the context, but the bulk of the time is devoted to small group discussions about potential policy change.
Each participant will join one small group for the entire event. When registering, each person will select their first and second choice topics from the list below. The topics are based on requirements in the statute. Before the town hall, registrants will receive a background report that provides a basis for the discussions. Participants commit to reading the two chapters tied to their potential small group topics. Once the small groups have completed their work, the entire town hall will offer feedback on the collection of policy suggestions.
Who should attend?
What if I can’t attend the entire town hall?
Registrants may sign up as participants or observers.
Most people at town halls are participants. They take part in the discussions, explore ideas, and negotiate top priorities. They make a commitment to stay for the entire event.
Observers watch the participants work, may move from room to room, but do not take part in the group discussions themselves. They are free to come and go.
|8:30||Check-in, Light Breakfast & Networking|
Roundtable Discussion and Pop Quiz Discussion moderated by Heather Balas
|10:45||Town Hall Overview Heather Balas|
|11:15||Small Group Overview, Introductions and Vision Statement Discussion|
|1:30||Small Group Topic Discussion|
|3:25||Small Group Topic Discussion & Suggestions, cont’d|
|4:45||Plenary Session: Next Steps Heather Balas|
Overview & Light Breakfast
|9:00||Small Group – Finalize & Prioritize Suggestions|
|10:15||Small Group – Offer Suggestions to Other Groups|
|11:30||Small Group – Review Proposed Amendments|
|1:30||Plenary Session Plenary Chair: Heather Balas|
Participants must agree 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
Town Hall Results Report
A synthesis of the town hall’s suggestions for the State Water Plan will be posted here a couple of weeks after the event.
Interstate Stream Commission
The forum is convened by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission. The ISC is a state government entity housed within the Office of the State Engineer. The ISC holds broad powers to investigate, protect, conserve and develop New Mexico’s waters including both interstate and intrastate stream systems. The ISC is also authorized to lead the development of the State Water Plan. It investigates and develops the water supplies of the state and institutes legal proceedings in the name of the state for planning, conservation, protection and development of public waters.
New Mexico First
The ISC contracted with New Mexico First to develop the background report, manage the town hall, and synthesize the results.
New Mexico First is a statewide public policy organization that engages people in critical issues facing their state and communities. Our nonpartisan,
nonprofit produces comprehensive policy reports – primarily on natural resources, education, health and the economy. These analyses inform policy
discussions, legislative options, and often student learning as well. Most importantly, these reports provide the foundation for New Mexico First’s
unique town halls and forums that bring people together to develop thoughtful proposals for improving our state. All our background and recommendation
reports are available at nmfirst.org.
Our state’s two U.S. Senators – Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich – serve as New Mexico First’s honorary co-chairs. The organization was co-founded in 1986 by retired U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman and the late Senator Pete Domenici.