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Smart Water Management - Sustainability - Equity

The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) is leading a collaborative effort to develop the 50-Year Water Plan. When Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham took office, she tasked the NMISC to produce a 50-Year Water Plan for the state. The Governor has long talked about the importance of water to the arid state.  As outlined by the Governor, the pillars of the 50-Year Water Plan are stewardship, equity and sustainability.
It is critical that the state starts charting a course that will allow for more flexibility in managing water supplies and infrastructure in the face of weather extremes brought on by a changing climate.

"Planning ahead to secure New Mexico's water future" - Lucia Sanchez


For the most up-to-date webinars and meetings, please go the Events Calendar


Public Input

Submit your Feedback, Questions and Concerns on the New Mexico 50 Year Water Plan  and Leap Ahead Analysis Assessment by selecting the following link:

Phases for 50-Year Plan Development Dates

Phase 1: Planning Approach and Coordination

  • 50-Year Water Plan Launch, partnered with NM Water Dialogue for Kickoff
  • New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) coordinates to form Water Climate Advisory Team
  • United States Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Assistance to States (USACE PAS) agreement proposed and agreed on
  • New Mexico Indian Affairs Department NM (IAD) and OSE/ISC Tribal Liaison collaboration/education work to build outreach/coordination with Tribal engagement plan

Project Start –
February 28, 2021

Phase 2: Leap Ahead Analysis (assessment of current and future water resource conditions and risk)

  • NMBGMR and Water Climate Advisory Team produce Assessment on Leap ahead analysis
  • USACE and ISC Water Planning begin Phase 3 activities of outreach                      

March 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
(90% Complete as of July 1, 2021)

Phase 3: Outreach, Resilience Assessment(s) and Creation of Strategies to Achieve Resilience

  • Interagency Collaboration (OSE/ISC/NMED-New Mexico Environment department/EMNRD - Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department/IAD)
  • Stakeholder outreach through events such as:
    • Tribal Water Summit
    • Tribal Workshop
    • 66th Annual Water Conference by NM WRRI
    • NM Dialogue events
  • Stakeholder outreach and input on Leap Ahead assessment
    • Conduct stakeholder education and outreach in various sectors/areas within the State to adhere to Governor’s direction for an inclusive planning process involving all New Mexicans over the analysis performed by the Climate Expert Team and the USACE.  Engage in discussion and dialogue through those meetings, ISC meetings, and teaming up with groups and other state agencies.
    • Conduct education and parallel focused outreach with Tribes/Pueblos/Nations following the Tribal Engagement Plan.  Create opportunities for discussion and questions on the Leap Ahead Analysis and the Tribal feedback.  Conduct a Tribal Water Summit in the fall of 2021.
    • Work with NMBGMR, NMWRRI and the NM Water Dialogue on statewide educational and outreach elements of the Leap Ahead Analysis.  Provide support at conferences and meetings of large groups of stakeholders for education opportunities.
  • USACE helps produce Federal connections for outreach and begin the strategy to Achieve Resilience while producing own USACE report

July 1, 2021 – November 30, 2021
(In Progress)

Phase 4: Produce, Review and Finalize Plan

  •  Executive Level Summary Report/Plan by ISC staff/Contractors with potential supporting videos/communication materials
    • Description/summary of where New Mexicans are resilient to the anticipated changes
    • Description/summary of where more work is needed to improve resilience
    • Recommendation for resilience
  • NMBGMR Water Matter Report-Advisory Team Leap Ahead Framed in National Academy of Sciences report format
  • USACE PAS Study Report
  • Web Materials from Lead Ahead Analysis-GIS layers for current temp, anticipated changes, etc.
  • Present and Discuss Results at 2022 Annual Meeting of the Water Dialogue

December 1, 2021 – March 30, 2022