Center for Water and the Environment
An NSF Crest Center


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

Jorge Gonzalez Estrella accepted as Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University
June 23, 2020
Jorge joined Dr. Cerrato’s group ( in September 2017 as a Postdoctoral Research Associate and has continued working in Dr. Cerrato’s group as a Research Assistant Professor since 2018. Read More...

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Howe selected as Research Lecture Honoree
April 22, 2020
Dr. Kerry Howe, Professor and Regents’ Lecturer in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, has been selected as the 65th Annual Research Lecture Honoree by UNM. This is one of the highest research recognitions that UNM bestows on faculty members in recognition of research/creative activity of exceptional merit. Read More...

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PhD student awarded a NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to go to Stanford University
April 9, 2020
Cherie De Vore, Ph.D. Candidate working under Dr. Jose Cerrato, Associate Professor in CCEE, has been awarded a 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship. Read More...