2018 Water Conference

UNM Water Conference, May 17, 2018

University of New Mexico Student Union Building (SUB)

"New Mexico Water:  What Our Next Leaders Need to Know"
8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Following the 2018 gubernatorial election, New Mexico will have new leaders of its resource management agencies.  Other important water developments in the state include: 1) New administration at the City of Albuquerque; 2) Major shifts in federal policies & implementation; 3) Evolution of legal issues, especially interstate lawsuits; and 4) Financial challenges for our agencies and programs.  This conference will feature presentations on water & environmental challenges facing the state by former senior state and federal managers.  Each speaker has a long history of high level experience working on NM water issues.  Speakers include:

Speakers include:

Presentations by federal water managers:

  • · Ron Curry – Former Administrator, EPA Region VI (former NMED Secretary)
  • · Estevan Lopez – Former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner (former ISC Director)
  • · John D’Antonio – Currently with US Army Corps of Engineers (former NM State Engineer)
  • · Hilary Tompkins – Former Solicitor for the Dept. of Interior (former Chief Counsel to Gov. Richardson)

Presentations by state water managers:

  • · Scott Verhines – Former NM State Engineer
  • · Ryan Flynn – Former Secretary of NM Environment Department
  • · Amy Haas – Former Acting Director & former General Counsel, NM Interstate Stream Commission
  • · Tanya Trujillo –Former General Counsel, NM Interstate Stream Commission & Past Director of Colorado River Board of California

Concluding remarks: Mike Connor, Former Deputy Secretary, Department of Interior

Registration (includes lunch and parking):

Early registration - extended to Sunday, April 29: General - $30, Full time students - $10

Late registration (after April 29): General - $50, Full time students - $20

To Register with Credit Card:

Register online by clicking HERE.  (scroll to the bottom of the page)

To Register with Check or Purchase Order:

Complete this form and send, along with payment, to cwe@unm.edu.


Parking is provided with conference registration fees.  Click below for a map to the free parking location.  Students will be on campus to direct you to the parking lot until 9 am.

This program has been approved by the NM MCLE Board for 5.5 General CLE credits.

This event is sponsored by the following organizations at the University of New Mexico:  the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Center for Water and the Environment, the Water Resources Program, and the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the School of Law.


Conference Summary