The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico at New Mexico State University. The NM WRRI was established in 1963 by the New Mexico legislature and approved under the 1964 federal Water Resources Research Act. The institute funds research conducted by faculty and students from universities across the state to address water problems critical to New Mexico and the Southwest. The institute also participates in joint efforts to solve water-related problems along the U.S./Mexico border.

Through its support of research and its interaction and cooperation with other water resources entities, the institute continusously strives to alleviate water problems, working toward ensuring an ample supply of high quality water for future generations.

News / Upcoming Events

    Save the Date — Saturday May 3, 1PM

    El Aqua es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico, Exhibition Opening

    Exhibition will be held at the Maxwelll Museum of Anthropology, 1 University Blvd NE, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131. The exhibition is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Ortiz Center, and Friends of the Maxwell Museum and is free and open to the public. For additional information, please follow link Acequia_Save_the_Date_May3_2014.

    The Office of the State Engineer/Interstate Stream Commission (OSE/ISC) Job Opportunity

    The OSE/ISC has posted an opening for Interstate Stream Commission Director, job notice #6144. Deadline is Friday, 5/1/14 at 5:00 PM. For more information please follow link
    ISC Director Job Opportunity #6144

    A two-day town hall will bring together people from around the state to develop practical recommendations on water use and policy. Date: April 15-16, 2014. Tenative Times: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Location: Marriott Pyamid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109.

    Register by following link http://nmfirst.org/events/th-40.

    The January 2014 issue of the Divining Rod newsletter is now available online at:


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    2014 Lush & Lean free workshops

    will be held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Please see schedule of dates at http://wrri.nmsu.edu/news/CityOfLC_LushAndLeanSchedule.pdf and for Syllabus http://wrri.nmsu.edu/news/CityOfLC_LushAndLeanSyllabus.pdf

    USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2014

    If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact NM WRRI Director Sam Fernald (575-646-4337; fernald@ad.nmsu.edu) or Cathy Ortega Klett (coklett@nmsu.edu ) as soon as possible. Proposal and budget should be reviewed by NM WRRI no later than February 10, 2014.

    The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the National Institutes for Water Resources requests proposals for matching grants to support research on the topic of improving and enhancing the nation's water supply, including the following specific areas of inquiry (levels of priority are not assigned, and the order of listing does not indicate the level of priority):

    • Evaluation of innovative approaches to water treatment, infrastructure design, retrofitting, maintenance, management and replacement.

    • Exploration and model development of the dynamics of extreme hydro-meteorological events and associated economic, environmental, social, and or infrastructure costs.

    • Development of methods for better estimation of water supply, both surface and groundwater, at gaged and ungaged sites, including estimation of the physical supply and of the economic supply of water.

    • Development and evaluation of alternative approaches and governance mechanisms for integrated surface/ground water management.

    • Evaluation and assessment of the effects of water conservation practices, as well as adoption, penetration and permanence.

    This program provides university researchers with up to $250,000 for projects of 1 to 3 years in duration. It requires a 1:1 non-federal match. The intent of the program is to encourage projects with collaboration between universities and the USGS. Funds have not been appropriated for this program but the USGS is proceeding with the proposal solicitation process in case an appropriation is received. The RFP at https://niwr.net/competitive_grants/RFP gives information on past year funding including award amounts and funding success rates.

    Researchers must submit their proposal online at the NIWR.net website. The deadline is February 20, 2014, by 4pm Eastern Time.

    NM WRRI NEWS: USGS 104G Water Resources Research National Competitive Grants Program RFP, FY 2014

    Governor Susana Martinez announces $2M proposal for support of NM WRRI

    The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute was pleased to hear the announcement by Governor Susana Martinez of her $2M proposal for support of water research through the NM WRRI. The funding will elevate the statewide institute to meet additional water research needs associated with drought, water scarcity, water planning, and water quality. Included in the $2M initiative is a $350,000 base budget expansion originally approved as the #1 NMSU priority for Research and Public Service Project funding. Additional funding proposed by Governor Martinez includes $800,000 for a statewide water assessment, $100,000 for an NMSU faculty position for regional water budgeting, $450,000 for sustained long-term water research, and $300,000 for a Center for Water Excellence.

    This recommendation still needs to be adopted by the New Mexico legislature in the upcoming 2014 session before getting final signature from the governor. Everyone can be a winner on this. Please contact your legislator to support expanded funding for NM WRRI.

    Governor Susana Martinez Proposes
    $2 Million Investment to Boost Water Research and Innovation at New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute

    Building an Economy that Leads Requires Water Security Throughout New Mexico

    Albuquerque – Governor Susana Martinez unveiled a proposal to invest an additional $2 million to boost water research and innovation in New Mexico. Addressing the 58th Annual New Mexico Water Conference via video, Governor Martinez called on the New Mexico Legislature to allocate $2 million dollars in additional funding to the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) during the upcoming legislative session. NM WRRI works to solve New Mexico's pressing water problems through supporting research projects at New Mexico's colleges and universities. (see more)

    New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Job Opportunity

    Job Title: General Counsel (OSE #64956)
    Closing Date/Time: Friday 12/20/13, 5:00 PM Mountain Time

    This position is located in the Office of the State Engineer, Litigation and Adjudication Program (LAP), where the successful applicant will perform the highest level legal services as the General Counsel for the agency and LAP Program Director.


    The EPA Releases a Report of Climate Change Impacts on Streamflow and Water Quality in 20 Watersheds in the United States.

    The report also provides an improved understanding of methodological challenges associated with integrating existing tools (e.g., climate models, downscaling approaches, and watershed models) and data sets to address these scientific questions. To view the study and related links, visit:

    NM WRRI 57th Annual New Mexico Water Conference

    Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity

    (The full conference proceedings will be available soon.)