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

    "Rain in New Mexico: Past, Present, and Future" - A Presentation by Tom Schmugge

    The New Mexico Academy of Science is pleased to present a talk by renowned expert in satellite remote sensing by Dr. Thomas Schmugge.

    Time, Date, and Location: 5:30 PM, Wednesday, October 8th, at the Museum of Nature and Science, Las Cruces, NM.

    Please follow link for additional information. http://www.nmas.org/news/rain-in-new-mexico-past-present-and-future-a-presentation-by-tom-schmugge

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    New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute
    to host
    59th Annual New Mexico Water Conference.

    November 18-19, 2014
    Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza

    Click Here to Register and View Program

    The 2014 New Mexico water conference includes a Call for Poster Abstracts on any water research and management topic. However, this year NM WRRI is particularly interested in posters related to the water conference theme, New Mexico’s Water Future: Connecting Stakeholder Needs to Water Information. New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute’s conference website at: http://2014.wrri.nmsu.edu/posters/info.

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    FY15 Student Water Research Grant Program

    Undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students eligible!

    Proposals Due September 16, 2014

    Students enrolled full-time in a degree program at an New Mexico educational institution are eligible for water-related research grants of up to $6,000.

    Projects will start October 1, 2014.
    For more information and proposal guidelinesClick Here

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    Happy 50th Anniversary!

    Water Resources Research Act

    Fifty years ago President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 17, 1964, signed into law the Water Resources Research Act establishing a Water Resources Research Institute in each state. The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute was one of the first institutes established under the WRRA. New Mexico Senator Clinton P. Anderson was instrumental in designing the Act as he saw the need for academic institutions to lead the way in producing research that would help solve the nation’s water problems.

    The 54 institutes nationwide (the WRRA established a water institute in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam) partner with the U.S. Geological Survey to “…enlist the intellectual power of universities and research institutes in a nationwide effort to conserve and utilize our water resources for the common benefit.” On the 50th anniversary of the Act, the USGS acknowledged the Water Resources Research Institutes for “path-breaking research, developing innovation information and technology transfer programs, and providing training to more than 25,000 students in their 50-year history.”

    The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute continues its efforts to deal with statewide water scarcity issues that impact every sector of our economy and looks forward to assisting New Mexico in the next 50 years.

    The USGS press release, USGS Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Water Resources Research Act: Vital research on water flows from 1964 law is available at: http://www.usgs.gov/newsroom/article.asp?ID=3937&from=rss_home#.U8fxhk9OWUl

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    FY15 Faculty Water Research Grants Awarded

    The NM WRRI is pleased to announce that five water research grants will be awarded to New Mexico faculty in response to the Request for Proposals issued in April. Funding for the grants was made available through the New Mexico State Legislature. Awards support targeted research to improve management of the waters of New Mexico.

    Each of the projects will receive about $30,000 in funding for one-year projects that start on July 1, 2014. “New Mexico has preeminently qualified faculty researchers who are ready to assist the state of New Mexico in dealing with water management issues and are prepared to lead the water research effort to ensure a sustainable water future for the state. These projects are part of a larger legislatively funded NM WRRI statewide initiative that includes researchers from NMSU, UNM, and NM Tech plus the state and federal agencies. We will release additional project details as they become available. Today we send our congratulations to the recipients of the water research grants.”

    Grant awards include:

    • Doing hydrology backwards in New Mexico to estimate a statewide water budget (i.e. Canadian River, RG, Gila, Pecos), Ricardo González-Pinzón, University of New Mexico, Center for Water and the Environment, Department of Civil Engineering

    • Drought, salinity, and invasive plants: A new model for sustainable water management, Geno A. Picchioni, New Mexico State University, Plant and Environmental Sciences and Brian Schutte, NMSU Department of Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Sciences

    • Policy alternatives for controlling nitrate pollution from NM’s dairies, Jingjing Wang, University of New Mexico, Department of Economics

    • Assessment of water table and water quality variations with respect to river flow along Rio Grande between Garfield NM and Fabens TX, Blair Stringam and Manoj Shukla, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences

    • Identification of law and policy options for best water management practices, Adrian Oglesby, UNM, Utton Transboundary Resources Center

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    Fiscal Year 2015 Request for Proposals NM WRRI Faculty Water Research Grant Program Closing Date: 5:00 p.m., May 21, 2014 RFP available at FY 2015 NM WRRI Faculty Research Program

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    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 has been extended to Friday, 5/30/14 at 5:00 PM. For more information please follow link
    ISC Director Job Opportunity #6144


    NM Interstate Stream Commission announces the
    Lower Rio Grande water planning region public meeting on May 21, 2014, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Doña Ana County Commission Chambers.

    (Santa Fe) -The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) has initiated public meetings within the 16 New Mexico water planning regions. The purpose of these meetings is two-fold: to provide information about the two-year regional and state water update process and to initiate the re-establishment of regional steering committees.

    For additional information, contact Lela Hunt, Public Information Officer at 505-699-4923 or follow link: Lower Rio Grande water planning region for May 21, 2014.

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    Fiscal Year 2015 Request for Proposals

    NM WRRI Faculty Water Research Grant Program
    Closing Date: 5:00 p.m., May 21, 2014

    RFP available at FY 2015 NM WRRI Faculty Research Program

    The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute (NM WRRI) announces availability of funding for its Faculty Water Research Grant Program. Funds have been made available through the New Mexico State Legislature with the support of the Governor to support targeted research to improve management of the waters of New Mexico. In this solicitation, NM WRRI expects to fund about four $30,000 grants with state funding for FY 2015.

    Proposals are sought from researchers in any academic discipline at a New Mexico university. For this funding cycle, proposals are sought in three priority topic areas:

    • integrated statewide water budget
    • water policy for planning
    • water-supply innovation

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    NM WRRI receives water research funding and will offer faculty and student research grants.

    The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is pleased to announce that it will receive $1 million for a water research initiative to improve water management in New Mexico. The funding for fiscal Year 2015, with potential to recur in the future, was provided by the New Mexico Legislature with the support of the Governor. It will elevate the institute's ability to address New Mexico's myriad water problems. On behalf of water researchers throughout the state of New Mexico, the institute is very grateful and expresses sincere thanks for the strong support during the 2014 New Mexico Legislative Session.

    As part of the water initiative, the NM WRRI has issued a Request for Proposals to fund research by New Mexico's university faculty. In keeping with the will of the legislation that provided the funding, research will be sought that addresses three priority topic areas: integrated statewide water budget, water policy for planning, and water-supply innovation. Proposals in response to the RFP are due May 21, 2014. Announcement of awards will be made in mid-June with projects to start on July 1, 2014.

    In mid-August, the NM WRRI will announce the availability of student grants to address the same priority topics. Student grant proposals will be due in mid-September for projects to begin October 1, 2014. Please check the NM WRRI website for updates on these grant opportunities.

    El Agua Es Vida: Acequias in New Mexico, Exhibition Opening, Saturday, May 3, 1:00 - 3:30 PM

    Please see announcement for visiting the Acequia Exhibition at the Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. The exhibition is free and open to all.

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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

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


    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)

    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.)