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

The two-day town hall brought together people from around the state to develop practical recommendations on water use and policy. Over 300 people attended from 31 New Mexico counties. Participants came from small, medium, and large towns and included business leaders, industrial water users, environmental advocates, researchers, municipal water planners, farmers and ranchers, government professionals, elected officials and students.

Participants called for balanced water policy that plans for future shortages, expands water storage and reuse, addresses legal issues, and protects environmental resources. They want to explore the potential of cleaning up brackish water (non-potable, highly salty water) in our aquifers. They also identified potential improvements to the ways the state finances water projects.

Examples of the strategies identified include:

  • Implement long term collaborative, comprehensive watershed scale restoration projects to foster healthy ecosystem function and resilience, including wildfire protection plans.

  • Improve the state and regional planning process, including dedicated funding, consistent data across regions, and the best available science on current and future water supply.

  • Develop emergency plans and sharing agreements to address allocation of water during times of shortage.

  • Fund and initiate new water supply and storage projects such as aquifer storage and recovery (ASR), reclaimed wastewater, surface water storage, storm water capture and water delivery enhancement.

  • Improve the funding process for water investments, including better coordination among funders and improved leveraging of revolving loan programs, grants, user fees and federal funds.

  • Clarify the processes for use of brackish water, as well as use and re-use of produced water (non-potable water used in oil and gas drilling).

  • Increase the efficiency, timeliness and fairness of the adjudication process, while also strengthening the water market through clear and fair water right transfer policies.

The town hall recommendations will be advocated to state and local leaders by an implementation team comprised of volunteers from the event and will be led by Former State Engineer John D’Antonio.

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 


Video


Reports

Background Report

The backgrounder, which provided a foundation in New Mexico water policy, is posted here:

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

The final recommendations from the water town hall are posted here:

Town Hall 40-Water: Recommendations
A Town Hall on Water Planning, Development and Use 14-May-2014 Town Hall 40-Water: Recommendations

Implementation

New Mexico First organized an implementation team to advance the town hall’s priorities. The effort will run for 12-18 months. The process is chaired by John D’Antonio, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He and the New Mexico First staff will lead the effort to advance the recommendations with federal, tribal, state and local leaders.

Speakers

Welcome Address

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

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