Center for Water and the Environment
An NSF Crest Center

Learn About the Center for Water and the Environment at UNM


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.

Learn More >>


Reverse Osmosis

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

Learn More >>

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.

Learn More >>

Recent News

Center for Water and the Environment participates in STEM Research Challenge
May 3, 2021
Four members of The University of New Mexico’s Center for Water and the Environment (CWE) volunteered to be category judges for the 2021 Central New Mexico STEM Research Challenge on March 22-27. Read More...

Undergraduate engineering students empowering the next generation
April 20, 2021
Partnership with Explora! opens hands-on opportunities

UNM teams up with international researchers to study snowmelt
March 30, 2021
Right now, 99.7 percent of New Mexico is in a severe drought, 82.2 percent is in extreme drought and 53.4 percent is facing exceptional drought – all of which create considerable strain on local communities, agricultural efforts and wildlife. Read More...