Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly


Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly

balance water use with renewable supply


    The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly is a grass roots all-volunteer organization that focuses on water-related issues for Valencia, Sandoval and Bernalillo Counties in New Mexico.  

    The links to the left provide information on our work and how to participate.  Come and join us to protect and preserve the waters of our region now and for the future.


Join Us for the
              Water Assembly 2015 Conference:

      "Climate Disruption and Our Water Future
Mitigate, Adapt or Suffer - A Call for New Strategies"

A Public Meeting for input to the Middle Rio Grande's Regional Water Plan update 

       9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Saturday, March 21, 2015
UNM Dane Smith Hall, Room 125       
        Albuquerque, New Mexico

               Register Here     Agenda    Location Map  

        Continental Breakfast and Registration at 8:30 am
                 FREE - NO REGISTRATION FEE

                    donations are welcome

                    to help cover breakfast and lunch costs

                  FREE Parking Campus-Wide at UNM on Saturdays   
We are experiencing increasingly frequent extreme weather events.  As has been said in many other venues, we have a choice -- to mitigate, adapt or suffer!

While there is a Regional Water Plan for the three county-area (Sandoval, Bernalillo and Valencia), it is ten years old.  This event is one of our opportunities to review the Plan and determine what changes need to be made so as to ease our way into a changing climate. 

The Sixteenth Water Assembly will explore, with speakers and extensive audience participation, how we might deal with four or five of the different climate consequences we are facing and will most likely continue to face. 

The resulting approaches will be carried forward beyond the Assembly to inform and augment the ongoing update to the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) Regional Water Plan (RWP), as well as to inform the state agencies and other regions within the state that are updating their respective water plans. 

The consequences we will discuss at the Assembly are:  

          o   Watershed Degradation
o   Intense Precipitation Events and Flooding
o   Protracted Drought / Surface Water Shortages
o   Decline of Groundwater & Underground Water Flows
o   Ecosystem Degradation and Climate Migration 

For each of these consequences, we want attendees to identify and discuss some actions that can deal with the particular consequence, and also to identify possible impacts or negative consequences of those actions. 

Please attend and lend us the benefit of your expertise on March 21st!
Come participate in this important event !

Register Here
Click Here to E-Mail for Further Information
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Major Activities At This Time:

The Quarterly Debate Project

The MRG Futures Project

The MRG Regional Water Plan Update

Selected Coming Events

      Next Water Assembly Board of Directors Meeting:
      3:05 pm, March 21, 2015  (right after 16th Water Assembly)
UNM Dane Smith Hall, Room 125       
        Albuquerque, New Mexico

                 Location Map                      Draft Board Agenda
                                                           Draft Previous Minutes
Recent Events:

 Water Assembly Public Forum:
Our Water Imbalance - Creating Adaptive Strategies Together   
      Saturday June 28, 2014   9:00 am - 12:30 pm       
                  (continental breakfast at 8:30 am) 
        UNM Dane Smith Hall,  Room 120
        Albuquerque, New Mexico

     New Mexico Water Dialogue - 18th Annual Statewide Meeting
       Thursday, January 12, 2012   8:30am-4:30pm
"Changing Waters:  Adaptation and Resilience"
       at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico

     Fifteenth Annual Water Assembly - November 5, 2011 - 9am-4pm
       "Choosing Our Future" - Scenario Planning
       at the University of New Mexico's Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
       Assembly presentations, discussion, and initial scenario attributes

    14th Annual Water Assembly June 12, 2010
      "2025 ... A Water Prophecy?"   ...  
The prophecy text 
       at the University of New Mexico's Dane Smith Hall, Room 125
       Assembly presentations and discussions

    An Informational Forum
Aquifer Recharge, Storage & Recovery:   Boon or Boondoggle?
     April 9, 2011  9:00 am - 1:00 pm  
at the University of New Mexico's Law School, Room 2402
       Location Map  Invitational Flyer  Agenda with links to slides and audio

    A Land and Water Workshop Sponsored by the UNM Utton Center
"Integrating Land Use and Water Planning in New Mexico"
       April 8, 2011  8:30am-4:00pm, Sheraton Uptown, Albuquerque, NM 


    The Middle Rio Grande Water Budget - Averages for 1972-1997
    A Technical Basis for the 2004 Regional Water Plan
View the Water Budget Document   (0.3 Mb)
          (also see
Chapter 6 of the Regional Water Plan for more detail)

    Water Assembly Annual Report 2012-2013
President's Annual Report - June 27, 2013   (0.3 Mb)


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