Agenda

Day 1:  Tuesday, April 15, 2014


When
What

8:30 AM Check-in and Networking

9:00 AM

Welcome

  • Jennifer Salisbury, Chair, New Mexico First
  • Heather Balas, President and Executive Director, New Mexico First
  • The Honorable Martin Heinrich, Senator, United States Senate
  • Kurt Steinhaus, LANL, Chair-Elect of NM First
  • The Honorable Tom Udall, Senator, United State Senate (video)

9:30 AM

Roundtable Discussion & Background Report Review

  • 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
  • Jeff Witte, Cabinet Secretary, NM Department of Agriculture
  • Heather Balas, moderator

10:45 AM

Town Hall Overview

  • Heather Balas, President and Executive Director, New Mexico First
  • Charlotte Pollard, Deputy Director, New Mexico First 

11:00 AM Break

11:15 AM

Small Group Introductions and Overview

  • Introductions
  • Ground rules
  • Outcomes
  • Consensus definition

12:00 PM

Keynote Presentation and Lunch

  • Scott Verhines, State Engineer, NM Office of the State Engineer
  • Joseph Cervantes, Senator, NM Legislature
  • Heather Balas  

1:00 PM

Small Group Discussion A

  • Question 1: Given our group’s topic, what water policy reforms are needed?
    (including changes by government, public, or private sectors):
    • What do we need to stop doing?
    • What do we need to start doing or do better?
  • Question 2: What recommendation do we want to make to the full group?

2:30 PM Break

2:45 PM Small Group Recommendation Discussion A, cont’d.

4:00 PM

Plenary Session

  • Brief reports by each group

5:00 PM Adjourn

Day 2:  Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When
What
8:30 AM

Welcome and Buffet Breakfast

  • Welcome: Patrick Apodaca, PNM, New Mexico First Board Member
  • Town Hall Amendment Rules: Heather Balas
9:00 AM

Small Group Amendment Discussion A

  • Question 3: What, if any, amendments do we propose for the Day 1 recommendations? 
9:45 AM

Small Group Recommendation Discussion B + Break 

  • Question 4: What is a bold idea for how New Mexico
    can strengthen our water policy that is unique from yesterday’s recommendations?
  • Question 5: What recommendation do we want to make to the full group?
12:00 PM

Lunch

  • Implementation Process: John D’Antonio Jr. P.E., Deputy District Engineer
  • Group Recommendation Reports
  • Town Hall Amendments and Revisions: Heather Balas
12:45 PM

Small Group Amendment Discussion B 

  • Question 6: What, if any, amendments do we propose for the Day 2 recommendations? 
1:45 PM
Break
2:00 PM

Plenary Session

  • Jennifer Salisbury, Chair, New Mexico First Board
  • Heather Balas, President and Executive Director
4:45 PM Closing
5:00 PM
Adjourn

Overview

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
  • Researchers
  • Municipal water planners
  • Farmers and ranchers
  • Government professionals
  • Elected officials
  • Youth

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.


Live Stream

 Time Schedule
9:00 AM
Welcome
9:30 AM-10:40AM
Roundtable Discussion
Noon Keynote Presentation and Lunch 
 
Live streaming video by Ustream

Reports

Background Report

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 Town Hall 40- Water: Backgrounder

Final Report

After the town hall, participants’ final recommendations will be posted here.

 


Speakers

Welcome Address

  • The Honorable Tom Udall, Senator, United States Senate (Video Address)
  • The Honorable Martin Heinrich, Senator, United States Senate

Keynote

  • Susana Martinez, Governor, State of New Mexico (invited)

Roundtable Discussion

  • 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


Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors who generously support this town hall.

Lead Sponsors

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Hatton W. Sumners Foundation

Gold Sponsors

Intel
Sandia National Laboratories
PNM
Thornburg Investment Management
Concho Resources Inc.
New Mexico Office of the State Engineer 

Silver Sponsors

Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
BP
Chevron
Modrall Sperling
NM EPSCoR

Bronze Sponsors

Comcast
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