Advisory Council - Purpose Procedures

Since New Mexico’s water planning regions are quite diverse - decision by consensus is the best approach.

What is consensus? Consensus is a collective agreement or accord on a single alternative. Consensus is arrived at by open discussion where all points of view are heard and understood and a recommendation based on logic and feasibility can be made by the group as a whole. This does not mean every point of view is accepted or that the recommendation is arrived at via voting, averaging or bargaining.1

Appendix C of the SWP provides additional detail and background to initiate discussion.

Proposed process

1Summarized from New Mexico First Decisions by Consensus