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Special Water Week Luncheon (New Mexico Water Committee)
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This luncheon will consist of an overview of New Mexico's interests and involvement in the Colorado River Basin presented by Rolf Schmidt Peterson of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.

When: Friday, May 18
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: Mariott Courtyard
1515 Journal Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico 
Contact: Ann Guiberson

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An Overview of New Mexico’s Interests and Involvement in the Colorado River Basin

Rolf Schmidt Peterson

NM Interstate Stream Commission


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ABSTRACT  This presentation will summarize the importance of Colorado River Basin water to the State of New Mexico.  In addition to its use for irrigation, public supply, and power generation in the San Juan Basin, the Colorado River provides water to the Rio Grande Basin through the San Juan Chama transmountain diversion project.  This water is a major source of supply for the Cities of Albuquerque and Santa Fe, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, and other communities along the river. The presentation will also discuss drought planning on the Colorado River and close with a few observations on similarities and differences between the Colorado River and Rio Grande systems.


INVITED SPEAKER Rolf has worked on water quality and water resource management issues in New Mexico for over 27 years.  Eighteen of the last 19 years were spent working for the NM Interstate Stream Commission helping manage the Rio Grande upstream of Elephant Butte Dam and providing institutional and technical support on Interstate Stream Compact litigation in the case of Texas v. New Mexico.  More recently he has been supporting the ISC’s Colorado River activities.


$25 – Members                
$30 – Nonmembers                       

CHECK or CASH will be collected at the check-in desk onsite. Credit cards may be used online and onsite.

Checks Payable to:  “Rocky Mountain Section of American Water Works Association” or “RMSAWWA”

There will be several $15 student scholarships offered for this luncheon. If you are a full time student and are interested in attending, please contact Bruce Thomson at


RSVPs REQUIRED  Attendees must RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2018. No RSVPs will be accepted after this time. Send RSVPs with your Name and Company to Tyler Robinson at to coordinate meal options. Members please provide your member number at time of RSVP. If you have any special dietary needs (vegetarian or gluten free), please alert at the time of your reservation.


** Operators can earn 1.0 training credit by attending this luncheon seminar. **