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London-based Economist Slated for April 20 NMSU Water Lecture Series

LAS CRUCES - An internationally recognized water economist will apply information about river basin deficits, causes and solutions to the Upper Rio Grande Basin at a special New Mexico State University water lecture series April 20.



Stephen Merrett, a London-based water economist, will speak April 20 at New Mexico State University as part of its water lecture series. (04/12/2004) Courtesy Photo from New Mexico State University

"The Upper Rio Grande appears to be an example of a worldwide trend to basin deficits," said Stephen Merrett, a London-based consultant on water management. "The key issues are whether our water resource management institutions can effectively apply a whole range of redemptive options to reverse the long-run trends."

Merrett will speak at 3 p.m. in Room 105 of Wooton Hall, located on the western edge of campus. His free, public seminar is part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, Water Resources Research Institute and the civil and geological engineering department.

Merrett previously worked for two decades as a professor of housing and land-use planning at University College-London. A graduate of Oxford University, he is the author of eight books and more than 60 journal articles on economics.

"Stephen Merrett has more than 30 years of experience in applied and theoretical economics for governmental agencies and universities," said task force coordinator Craig Runyan, a water quality specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service. "His observations of our situation here in New Mexico should be enlightening."

NMSU formed the task force in 2000 to supply objective, scientific data about water issues in New Mexico. Pulled from across NMSU, these faculty and staff members are experts in water-related issues, Runyan said. They provide rapid responses to public requests for studies, white papers and expert testimony at public hearings.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-3973 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.