State Water Plan


The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and Interstate Stream Commission have prepared two State Water Plans, in 2003 and 2018, and several interim updates and progress reports. In accordance with the State Water Plan Act, the state water plan shall be periodically reviewed, updates and amended in response to changing conditions. At a minimum a review shall be undertaken every five years.

The 2018 New Mexico State Water Plan is presented in three parts: Policies, Technical Report, Legal Landmarks.

2018 New Mexico State Water Plan Part I: Policies presents a concise, big-picture view of the highest priority water issues in New Mexico and the policies, goals, and strategies needed to address them, as well as information about the agencies and resources available to assist with these issues.

2018 New Mexico State Water Plan Part II: Technical Report integrates water resource information from the Regional Water Plans completed in 2016-2017, including estimated water supply and demand, projections of population, and strategies proposed by stakeholders to address key water issues.

2018 New Mexico State Water Plan Part III: Legal Landmarks provides information about historical New Mexico water law decisions, events, and circumstances that shaped New Mexico’s legal structures for water resource administration.

The 2018 New Mexico State Water Plan is a strategic management tool to assist and inform decision-makers at all levels, ranging from legislators to citizens, in addressing water resource issues. The plan provides a range of strategies for consideration in addressing the diverse and complex water issues facing New Mexico.

This plan has integrated information from the 16 Regional Water Plans, the State Water Plan Town Hall and many public comments received on the Draft State Water Plan. Now that it is completed, the  ISC’s Water Planning Program intends to initiate additional water planning outreach and education activities beginning in 2019.   The upcoming events will be uniquely designed  for each policy topic in the State Water Plan with the goal to convene a diverse range of participants, to engage in information sharing, collaboration and problem solving.

2018 Final New Mexico State Water Plan

Cover Letter and Preface Page

2018 New Mexico State Water Plan Part I: Policies and Appendixes

2018 New Mexico State Water Plan Part II: Technical Report and Appendixes

2018 New Mexico State Water Plan Part III: Legal Landmarks


2018 Draft New Mexico State Water Plan and Public Comments

The Draft 2018 State Water Plan was released for public comments from July 9 - Aug 25, 2018. The ISC reviewed the comments which led to many meaningful changes and improvements to the Final State Water Plan. Thank you to everyone who submitted comments. 

Draft State Water Plan

Draft New Mexico State Water Plan Part I: Policies

Draft New Mexico State Water Plan Part II: Technical Report

Draft New Mexico State Water Plan Part III: Legal Landmarks

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Western States Water Planning