Day 1: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
||8:30 AM||Check-in and Networking|
Roundtable Discussion & Background Report Review
Town Hall Overview
Small Group Introductions and Overview
Keynote Presentation and Lunch
Small Group Discussion A
||2:45 PM||Small Group Recommendation Discussion A, cont’d.
Day 2: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
| 8:30 AM
Welcome and Buffet Breakfast
Small Group Amendment Discussion A
| 9:45 AM
Small Group Recommendation Discussion B + Break
| 12:00 PM
| 12:45 PM
Small Group Amendment Discussion B
| 1:45 PM
| 5:00 PM
Dates: April 15-16, 2014
Times: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109
Water is perhaps THE most critical policy issue in New Mexico. Without enough clean, available water, our economy, health, environment, and overall population suffers. The topic is far-reaching and complex, as we saw in 2013 with periods of extreme drought followed by unusually heavy rains.
For these reasons, New Mexico First will convene a two-day town hall that will bring together people from around the state to develop practical recommendations on water use and policy. Town hall participants will focus on key issues including:
- Meaningful long-range and crisis water planning
- NM’s aging water infrastructure
- Conservation and reuse
- Water development including possible desalination
By the end of the town hall, participants will have agreed on a concrete, actionable platform of policy recommendations. That platform will be presented to federal, state, and local policymakers as well as private sector leaders and communities throughout New Mexico.
Who Should Attend?
- Community members from all regions of the state
- Business leaders/industrial water users
- Environmental advocates
- Municipal water planners
- Farmers and ranchers
- Government professionals
- Elected officials
What Happens at the Town Hall?
Our deliberations are not typical conferences with a series of presentations. There will be a roundtable discussion and a keynote speaker to help set the context, but the bulk of the town hall is comprised of small group discussions among participants who care about the future of the state and want to create practical recommendations that will lead to progress.
Prior to the town hall, participants will receive a background report that will outline the key issues and serve as a basis for the discussions held during the town hall.
What Happens after the Town Hall?
The recommendations will not sit on a shelf. Immediately after the town hall, the New Mexico First Implementation Team will develop a plan to advance the town hall’s platform with policymakers.
|Noon||Keynote Presentation and Lunch|
Live streaming video by Ustream
We ask that participants read the backgrounder before the town hall. Download it below.
Town Hall 40- Water: Backgrounder
Advancing New Mexico's Future: A Town Hall on Water Planning Development and Use 21-Mar-2014
After the town hall, participants’ final recommendations will be posted here.
- The Honorable Tom Udall, Senator, United States Senate (Video Address)
- The Honorable Martin Heinrich, Senator, United States Senate
- Susana Martinez, Governor, State of New Mexico (invited)
- Joseph Cervantes, NM Senator and Chair of the NM Legislature Interim Drought Subcommittee
- Ryan Flynn, Cabinet Secretary, NM Environment Department
- Richard Luarkie, Governor, Laguna Pueblo
- David Martin, Cabinet Secretary, NM Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department
- Laura McCarthy, Director, The Nature Conservancy
- Scott Verhines, State Engineer, NM Office of the State Engineer & Interstate Stream Commission
- Jeff Witte, Cabinet Secretary, NM Department of Agriculture
Town Hall Leadership
- Heather Balas, President & Executive Director, New Mexico First
- Jennifer Salisbury, Chair, New Mexico First Board of Directors
- Kurt Steinhaus, Chair-elect, New Mexico First Board of Directors
- John D’Antonio Jr. P.E., Deputy District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and New Mexico First Town Hall Implementation Chair
We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors who generously support this town hall.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Hatton W. Sumners Foundation
Sandia National Laboratories
Thornburg Investment Management
Concho Resources Inc.
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer
Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
Eastern New Mexico University
Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly
Montgomery and Andrews
New Mexico State University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
University of New Mexico