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Water symposium under way

The intricate connections between water bodies in the desert as well as water's overall importance are the topics of a symposium hosted by New Mexico State University Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces.



Guests view research posters displayed at the water symposium hosted by New Mexico State University at Hotel Encanto. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

"There is increasing recognition that quantity and quality of flow in large rivers in water-scarce regions are linked to river valley management through surface water and groundwater connections," said Sam Fernald, assistant professor of watershed management in NMSU's Department of Animal Range Sciences.

Fernald and Steve Guldan, agronomy professor and superintendent of the Alcalde Sustainable Agriculture Science Center, are hosting the event where international and national presenters will speak about connections between surface water and groundwater along the Rio Grande.

Thursday, March 1, will feature a collaborative workshop on floodplain surface water-groundwater interactions. Organizers hope to identify future research directions to improve scientific understanding and save water for New Mexico and the arid Southwest.

"This symposium will provide a dynamic forum for speakers and poster contributors to address the state of the science in floodplain and river terrace hydrology," Guldan said.

The symposium will evaluate existing research and chart future directions for needed work. Organizers hope to provide a better understanding of river valley hydrology and related management strategies.

For more information contact Fernald at fernald@nmsu.edu or Guldan at sguldan@nmsu.edu.