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
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.
|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 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
Town Hall Results Report
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.