NM is working through regional water plans and this should be of great interest to agricultural producers. See the attached document for more information. There are two upcoming meetings to learn more about the process and have your voices heard:
1) Taos on Monday, March 31st from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Don Fernando Hotel.
2) Espanola on Monday, March 31st from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm at the Rio Arriba Commission Chambers.
Regional Water Planning Stakeholders – Call for Participation and Local Input
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) has begun the process of working with the 16 New Mexico water planning regions to update their Regional Water Plans for incorporation into a State Water Plan update over a two-year planning period. The first year will focus on updates of the technical data and reactivation and formation of the regional steering committees. The second year will focus on completion of the updates by the regions to identify the programs, policies, and projects that will best serve the region’s needs. The water plans accepted by the ISC will be used as a foundation to begin the updates, to build on the previous work completed by the regions rather than “starting over.” In addition to the regional water plans’ value as an expression of a region’s vision for addressing water issues, the updated regional water plans will be used to outline regional priorities for Water Trust Board and other funding applications. See link for the Water Trust Board’s funding and application criteria.