Water Town Hall - April 15 & 16 - ABQ

Water logo - NM First

Dates: April 15-16, 2014
Tentative Times: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Water is perhaps THE most critical policy issue in New Mexico. Without enough clean, available water, our economy, health, environment, and overall population suffers. The topic is far-reaching and complex, as we saw in 2013 with periods of extreme drought followed by unusually heavy rains.

NM town hall sponsored by NM First
NM First

For these reasons, New Mexico First will convene a two-day town hall that will bring together people from around the state to develop practical recommendations on water use and policy. Town hall participants will focus on key issues including:
Meaningful long-range and crisis water planning
NM’s aging water infrastructure
Conservation and reuse
Water development including possible desalination

By the end of the town hall, participants will have agreed on a concrete, actionable platform of policy recommendations. That platform will be presented to federal, state, and local policymakers as well as private sector leaders and communities throughout New Mexico.

Who Should Attend?
Community members from all regions of the state
Business leaders/industrial water users
Environmental advocates
Municipal water planners
Farmers and ranchers

Government professionals
Elected officials

What Happens at the Town Hall?
Our deliberations are not typical conferences with a series of presentations. There will be a roundtable discussion and a keynote speaker to help set the context, but the bulk of the town hall is comprised of small group discussions among participants who care about the future of the state and want to create practical recommendations that will lead to progress.

Prior to the town hall, participants will receive a background report that will outline the key issues and serve as a basis for the discussions held during the town hall.

What Happens after the Town Hall?
The recommendations will not sit on a shelf. Immediately after the town hall, the New Mexico First Implementation Team will develop a plan to advance the town hall’s platform with policymakers.

Welcome Address
The Honorable Tom Udall, Senator, United States Senate (invited)
The Honorable Martin Heinrich, Senator, United States Senate (invited)
Susana Martinez, Governor, State of New Mexico (invited)
Roundtable Discussion
Ryan Flynn, Cabinet Secretary designate, NM Environment Department
Richard Luarkie, Governor, Laguna Pueblo
David Martin, Cabinet Secretary designate, NM Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department
Laura McCarthy, Director, The Nature Conservancy
Scott Verhines, State Engineer, NM Office of the State Engineer & Interstate Stream Commission

Town Hall Leadership
Heather Balas, President & Executive Director, New Mexico First
Jennifer Salisbury, Chair, New Mexico First Board of Directors
Kurt Steinhaus, Chair-elect, New Mexico First Board of Directors

Event Date & Time: 
15 April 2014 - 16 April 2014