Regional Water Planning

2016 Regional Water Planning Schedule

Public Comments

If you would like to make comments regarding the planning process or the technical approach, please complete the following form(s) and email them to

Regional Water Planning Comment Form - Planning Process

Regional Water Planning Comment Form - Technical Approach

The New Mexico Legislature recognized the state's need for water planning and created the regional water planning program in 1987 (72-1-43 and 72-14-44 N.M.S.A., Cum Supp. 1993).  This legislation designated the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission to implement the state’s regional water planning program.  Between 1999 and 2008 the Commission officially accepted regional water plans from all sixteen water planning regions. 

Between 2011 and 2013 New Mexico experienced one of the most extreme droughts on record.  This signaled an urgent need for regional water plan updates from all sixteen planning regions.  Application of a consistent technical approach in all regional water plan updates serves to better support integration within an updated State Water Plan as required by state statute (72-14-3.1 N.M.S.A.). In 2013 the ISC created an “Updated Regional Water Planning Handbook” and in 2015 the Commission approved updated “Acceptance Criteria” for this round of regional water plan updates.

Updated Letter from ISC Director Deborah Dixon - November 2015

Guidance Document #1: Comment Process for Draft Regional Water Plan Updates - November 2015

Guidance Document #2: Section 8. Implementation of Strategies to Meet Future Water Demand - November 2015

Administrative Water Supply Approach Handout - December 2015

Water Plans by Region

Details provided in Updated Regional Water Planning Handbook

NOTE: In addition to the most current documentation, historical documentation for each region can be found on the regional planning pages: