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New Mexico Water Plans. Presented by Angela Schackel Bordegaray State & Regional Water Planner For the Water Cabinet January 14, 2009 Santa Fe, New Mexico. State Water Plan (NMSA 72-14-3.1). SWP Purpose. Become strategic management tool for the purposes of:

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New Mexico Water Plans

Presented by

Angela Schackel Bordegaray

State & Regional Water Planner

For the Water Cabinet

January 14, 2009

Santa Fe, New Mexico


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StateWater Plan (NMSA 72-14-3.1)


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SWP Purpose

  • Become strategic management tool for the purposes of:

    • Promoting stewardship of the state’s water resources

    • Protect and maintain water rights and their priority status

    • Protect diverse customs, culture, environment and economic stability of state

    • Protect both water supply and water quality


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SWP Purpose con’t.

  • Promote cooperative strategies, based on meeting the basic needs of all New Mexicans

  • Meeting the state’s interstate compact obligations

  • Providing a basis for prioritizing infrastructure investment

  • Providing statewide continuity of policy and management relative to our water resources.


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Why Plan?

  • Less expensive than reacting (e.g. the Pecos River Settlement)

  • An avenue for public input on water management policies

  • Allows for integration of water quality (NMED) with water management

  • Minimizes litigation

  • Process for protecting water availability, improving efficiency, and prioritizing infrastructure funding


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ISC Directive

  • “Shall develop a comprehensive, coordinated state water plan that shall…”


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SWP Accomplishments

  • Established a set of goals for the state

  • Brought together considerable amount of data

  • Serves as an excellent tool for educating the public about water issues

  • Provides a framework for implementation of key actions required to meet the goals


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Changed Conditions since 2003

  • Population Growth

  • Climate Change

  • Unregulated development of deep saline aquifers

  • New proposed inter-basin transfers of water pipelines

  • Aging infrastructure


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Changed Conditions since 2003

  • Initiated efforts to acquire water for environmental stream flows

  • State and Federal listings of aquatic species have increased

  • Resurgence of uranium mining

  • Interest in reuse of produced water from oil and gas development increasing

  • Legal changes via new & changed water laws and Court Decisions


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Water Planning Milestones 2008

  • Conducted comprehensive review of SWP

  • Conducted statewide by region population estimates and projections (UNM_BBER)

  • All 16 ISC-water planning regions completed plans

  • Increased public awareness of SWP


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Water Planning Resources

  • Funding

    • Regional water plans

    • State Water Plan

  • Staffing


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Current Water Planning Activities

  • State Water Plan Update in 2009-2010

    • Synthesis of Regional Water Plans

    • Extensive Public Involvement Regional and Statewide meetings

  • Publish Ongoing - “Rolling Updates”

    • Maps, Glossary, Removable pages


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How NM Compares

  • Texas - $21 million for water planning; $15 million for its State Water Plan

  • Colorado - $1 million annually for its Compact Committee Support and Basin-Wide Needs Assessment; allocates $10 million for water supply funding

  • Wyoming and Utah each employ five planning staff and annually fund their planning programs $300,000 and $500,000, respectively


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Results of an Updated SWP

  • A guide for implementing defined strategies for effective water management in future

  • Whether this final report is one of substance -- or whether it reflects little or no public input and contains very little usable information – depends on funding and collaboration for these efforts


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New Mexico Water Planning Regions

Source: Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc.


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ISC Regional Water Planning Program

  • Started in 1987 (72-14-43 and 44)

  • Not well-funded when initiated

  • Guidance provided in 1994 “Regional Water Planning Handbook”

  • Increased funding levels 1999-2006 led to completion of water plans


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ISC Regional Water Planning Program

  • Not the same as “40-year water plans” (72-1-9)

  • Separate from efforts related to “regionalization” of drinking water systems

  • All Regional Water Plans available on OSE/ISC Website: www.ose.state.nm.us (go to “ISC” then “Planning Division” then click on “Regional Water Plans”)


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RegionalWater Plans

  • Provide technical assessment of surface water and groundwater resources

  • Highlight drought vulnerability in areas relying on surface water

  • Provide projections of future population growth and water demand

  • Discuss alternatives or strategies for meeting future needs within the region

  • Have no authority to change laws or water rights


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ISC Regional Water Planning Program

  • a mechanism for ongoing communication among stakeholders and the state’s water managers within each region

  • technical information on supply and demand from regional water plans can potentially contribute to the State Water Planning efforts


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Conclusions

  • Integration of regional water plans into state water plans is a challenge.

  • Linking water funding to water plans promotes implementation.

  • State authority to mandate water supply development options encourages regions to collaborate on mutually beneficial solutions to competing water demands.



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www.ose.state.nm.us

Angela Bordegaray 827-6167

[email protected]


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