This book addresses water management issues in the State of New Mexico. It focuses on our current understanding of the natural world, capabilities in numerical modeling, existing and evolving regulatory frameworks, and specific issues such as water quality, endangered species and the evolution of new water management institutions. Similar to its neighboring states, New Mexico regularly experiences cycles of drought. It is also experiencing rapid economic growth while at the same time is experiencing a fundamental climate shift. These factors place severe demands on its scarce water resources. In addition to historical uses by the native inhabitants of the region and the agricultural sector, new competitive uses have emerged which will require reallocation. This effort is complicated by unadjudicated water rights, the need to balance the ever-increasing needs of growing urban and rural populations, and the requirements of the ecosystem and traditional users. It is clear that New Mexico, as with other semi-arid states and regions, must find efficient ways to reallocate water among various beneficial uses. This book discusses how a proper coordination of scientific understanding, modeling advancements, and new and emerging institutional structures can help in achieving improved strategies for water policy and management. To do so, it calls upon the expertise of academics from multiple disciplines, as well as officials from federal and state agencies, to describe in understandable terms the issues currently being faced and how they can be addressed via an iterative strategy of adaptive management.

chapter 1|6 pages

New Mexico and Water Management Issues

ByDavid S. Brookshire, Hoshin V. Gupta, Olen Paul Matthews

part I|64 pages

Setting the context for water management in New Mexico

chapter 2|16 pages


A basis for linking policy to adaptive water management
ByHoshin V. Gupta, David S. Brookshire, Vincent C. Tidwell, Douglas P. Boyle

chapter 3|31 pages

Water Resources in New Mexico

ByBruce M. Thomson

chapter 4|15 pages

Climate and Drought in New Mexico

ByDavid S. Gutzler

part II|80 pages

The historical, legal, and institutional setting of water policy in New Mexico

chapter 5|12 pages

The Tangled History of New Mexico Water Law

ByG. Emlen Hall

chapter 6|14 pages

The Historical Role of Acequias and Agriculture in New Mexico

ByJosé A. Rivera

chapter 7|21 pages

Water Rights in New Mexico

ByOlen Paul Matthews

chapter 8|31 pages

It's not just “Our” Water

Shared governance for New Mexico's water
ByOlen Paul Matthews

part III|49 pages

The economics of water management in New Mexico

chapter 9|23 pages

Water Markets in New Mexico

ByCraig D. Broadbent, David S. Brookshire, Don L. Coursey, Philip T. Ganderton, Vincent C. Tidwell

chapter 10|24 pages

The Pricing and Conservation of Water in Urban Areas

ByJames Thomas McGuckin, Susan Kelly, Kyle S. Harwood

part IV|49 pages

Contemporary challenges in water management

chapter 11|11 pages

Domestic Wells in New Mexico

ByThomas Maddock, Peggy W. Barroll

chapter 12|22 pages

Impacts of Endangered Species Protection on Water Management, Allocation, And Use in New Mexico

Lessons learned and uncertainties about the future
ByLeslie Genova, Robert E. Unsworth, David S. Brookshire

chapter 13|14 pages

Science and Management Needs Related to the Sustainability of Riparian Ecosystems

ByDianne E. McDonnell, David C. Goodrich

part V|28 pages


chapter 14|26 pages

Issues for the Future

ByDavid S. Brookshire, Olen Paul Matthews, Hoshin V. Gupta