Center for Water and the Environment
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How watersheds work

Proper watershed management can reduce the impact forest fires and drought, and improve the quality and quantity of water from the Rio Grande headwaters.

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Reverse Osmosis

Advanced treatment technologies can protect our environment and make contaminated water safe for drinking or other purposes.

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Energy and Water

Water Energy

Energy and water are intertwined.  Energy resource development can be limited by the availability of water, and water quality must be protected as energy resources are developed.

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Recent News


Splish! Splash! Water Day 2017 at UNM
January 17, 2017
Water Day at UNM in April will celebrate Earth Day 2017. Read More...

Water Day at UNM - Playing with Water
January 17, 2017
On November 30, 2017, UNM’s Center for Water and the Environment (CWE), located in the School of Engineering's Department of Civil Engineering, sponsored a Water Day to expose students to hands-on activities related to research with water issues. Read More...

fourth graders learn about water

Fourth Graders Learn About Water
November 3, 2016
The UNM Center for Water and the Environment educated more than 350 fourth graders during the Rio Rancho Children's Water Festival at the Santa Ana Star Center on October 24th and 25th. Read More...