Land and Water Planning in the Middle Valley

On October 17, 2008, the Utton Transboundary Resources Center convened a one day workshop which explored the opportunities for better connections between land development and water availability. The workshop focused on the Middle Rio Grande Valley, in particular the area between Santa Fe and Elephant Butte Reservoir, where the communities share the same water supply.

The purpose of the workshop was to educate water planners about the issues facing land use planners and educate land use planners about the on-going efforts in the arena of water planning. Speakers discussed policies currently in effect, areas of disconnect, and new initiatives underway.

A summary of the presentations has been prepared and is available with links to some additional materials. Several of the speakers presented PowerPoints, which can also be seen below.

On October 17, 2008, the Utton Transboundary Resources Center convened a one day workshop which explored the opportunities for better connections between land development and water availability. The workshop focused on the Middle Rio Grande Valley, in particular the area between Santa Fe and Elephant Butte Reservoir, where the communities share the same water supply.

The purpose of the workshop was to educate water planners about the issues facing land use planners and educate land use planners about the on-going efforts in the arena of water planning. Speakers discussed policies currently in effect, areas of disconnect, and new initiatives underway.

A summary of the presentations has been prepared and is available with links to some additional materials. Several of the speakers presented PowerPoints, which can also be seen below.

We wish to thank the Planning Committee for their assistance with the Program:

James Aranda, Planner, Valencia County
Conci Bokum, 1000 Friends of New Mexico
Angela Schackel-Bordegaray, Interstate Stream Commission
Mary Helen Follingstad, American Planning Association
David Henkel, UNM School of Architecture and Planning
Michelle Henrie, Of Counsel, Atkinson & Thal PC
Susan Jones, Bernalillo County
John Longworth, Office of the State Engineer
Lora Lucero, League of Women Voters
Gabe Nims, 1000 Friends of New Mexico
Joe Quintana, Mid Region Council of Governments
Mimi Stewart, NM State Representative, District 21

Special thanks to the Water Project of 1000 Friends of New Mexico for initiating a broad discussion about New Mexico's efforts to connect land use and water planning.