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.