Santa Fe, NM – The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), in collaboration with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (OSE), has released the 2018 Draft New Mexico State Water Plan. The State Water Plan provides important information about the state's water resources and strategies to plan for the state's water future. For the first time, a public review and comment period has been incorporated for the Draft State Water Plan.

The ISC began working on the State Water Plan in April 2017, following the completion of the last Regional Water Plan. This draft plan has been developed on schedule and under budget.

"Getting the public's input is a valuable aspect to ensuring all New Mexicans have a say in planning for New Mexico's water future," said Interstate Stream Commission Director John Longworth. "This plan will help New Mexicans make informed decisions that will allow the state to grow and change as needed and yet still preserve what people love about the state."

The plan has three parts:

Policies: provides descriptions of proposed water resource management policies.

Technical Report: provides foundational technical information about water resource conditions, including supply, demand, and strategies proposed by stakeholders to address key issues.

Legal Landmarks: provides summary information about historic decisions in New Mexico water law establishing the legal structure for water resource administration.

The 16 Regional Water Plans and attendant recommendations developed through a collaborative process at the December 2017 New Mexico State Water Plan Town Hall have informed and influenced the state water policies. Additionally, many state agencies have participated in the review of the draft plan and provided valuable input. The ISC has also been active in conducting tribal consultation to ensure tribal concerns have been incorporated in the State Water Plan.

There will be a 30 day public comment period beginning today and running through August tenth. Comments on the plan can be submitted online via the above website or can be mailed to Lucia F. Sanchez, Interstate Stream Commission Water Planning Program Manager, 407 Galisteo Street, Santa Fe, NM 87504. The Draft New Mexico State Water Plan can be accessed at http://nmose.isc.commentinput.com.

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