Rio Grande Basin Initiative

2005-06 Deliverables

Task 3 Research
Principal Investigator(s): Ari Michelsen

  1. Write, publish and broadly distribute "Drought Watch on the Rio Grande," an information and educational outreach publication to increase awareness and knowledge of river water supply, conservation, storage and water allocation conditions in the Rio Grande Project bi-state region of New Mexico and Texas produced in collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. This will be published bi-weekly to monthly as conditions change. Ari Michelsen, TAMU-TAES and Filiberto Cortez, El Paso Office, USBR.
  2. Work with water provider and user stakeholders and the Far West Texas Water Planning Group on the identification, evaluation and selection of water management strategies to meet water demands for the region. These water management strategies will be used in the 50 year water supply and demand management for the region and Texas Water Development Board 2006 State plan. Ari Michelsen, TAMU-TAES
  3. Conduct impact analyses of selected water management strategies involving transfers of water from rural and agricultural areas to assist the Far West Texas Water Planning Group in evaluating secondary impacts of water management strategies. This information will be published in the Region and State Water Plan. Ari Michelsen, Ron Lacewell and Lonnie Jones, TAMU-TAES
  4. The public and even those involved in water planning and management find it difficult to know about or coordinate with the large number and wide array of organizations involved with water resource issues in the Far West Texas region. We are assisting by developing a comprehensive source of water resource organizations to identify those involved in water resources, provide information about each organization's purpose and provide water resource and contact information. Ari Michelsen and Wendy Morrison, TAMU-TAES, Nancy Hanks, PdN Watershed Council and John Ashworth, TWDB/LBG Guyton and the Far West Texas Water Planning Group.
  5. Analyze the follow up farm-level survey to identify water conservation actions producers are actually implementing during drought in the Upper Rio Grande Basin. The survey results enable examination of incentives and barriers to water conservation in the region. The results will be presented at regional and professional meetings. Frank Ward and LeeAnn DeMouche, NMSU, Ari Michelsen, TAMU-TAES
  6. Evaluate the benefits and impacts of alternative water management and incentive policies such as water marketing and transfers using integrated hydrologic, institutional and economic models. Results will be presented at meetings and submitted for peer reviewed journal publication. Ari Michelsen, TAMU-TAES working with Frank Ward NMSU and James Booker, Siena College.
  7. Participate in local, state, regional and national water management efforts and meetings to exchange information and coordinate water resources research and related activities. Organizations include: New Mexico-Texas Water Commission; Paso del Norte Water Task Force; Paso del Norte Watershed Council, El Paso County Water Improvement District #1, Hudspeth County Water Improvement District; Elephant Butte Irrigation District; El Paso Water Utilities; Far West Texas Water Planning Group; Texas Water Development Board, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality; New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute; U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; International Boundary and Water Commission; and Texas Clean Rivers Program. Ari Michelsen, TAMU-TAES.
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