Like many Western states, New Mexico is experiencing a drought with no end in sight as water from the mountains continue to decline. New Mexico’s future depends on a reliable supply of water and for too long, we have taken a disjointed approach to how we meet the state’s growing demand for water.  As governor, water management will become a priority for our state’s agriculture, families and economic development. By working together, we can avoid crisis and ensure everyone has access to the safe, reliable water today, and in the future.

The main points of Michelle’s plan include:

1.  Stewardship
We must be good stewards of our precious water supply and prepare for the impact of our changing environment by:
  • Creating a 50-year water plan for the state and a robust, ongoing statewide water management program
  • Strengthening our state water agencies
  • Bringing competing interests together at the same table
  • Strengthening our working relationships with other jurisdictions
  • Engaging New Mexico’s Tribes and Pueblos in the state’s water management activities.
  • Prioritizing cooperation and negotiations over litigation
  • Working with the New Mexico Acequia Commission
  • Collecting more information about our water resources
  • Ending work on the Gila River Diversion Project
2.  Sustainability
We must manage our water to meet the needs of today while ensuring a reliable supply of clean water for future generations, including:
  • Expanding water conservation practices
  • Investing in and promote adoption of new water technologies, including water reuse and desalination of brackish water
3.  Equity
We must manage our water in a way that meets our basic notions of fairness with a system that serves all New Mexicans by:
  • Making sure all New Mexico communities have reliable access to clean drinking water.
  • Protecting vulnerable communities from speculative water transfers and support fair adjudication of water rights
  • Collaborating with Tribal and Pueblo neighbors
  • Making sure that the colonias are treated fairly and fully as we invest in our state’s water infrastructure
  • Investing our resources wisely and leverage additional investments for critical projects

Read the full plan here.