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
Phases for 50-Year Plan Development
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 (Completed)
Phase 2: Leap Ahead Analysis (assessment of current and future water resource conditions and risk)
Input gathered and submitted to inform the 50 Year Water Plan including surveys, webinars, prepared papers from individuals and organizations, and directed outreach to tribal entities and governmental water management agencies.
A Resilience Assessment to evaluate the resilience of water users in various sectors based on factors identified through collaboration with stakeholders
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