Thank you for joining us for the Friends Annual Meeting!
Agenda – Full Meeting Video Available below:
Welcome – Mary Ruff, Board President
State of the Refuge – Deb Williams, Refuge Manager
Financial Report from Friends Fiscal Year ending March 31, 2022 – Jon d’Alessio, Treasurer
State of the Friends (membership numbers, yr in review, plans going forward, etc.) – Trisha Sanchez & JulieAnna Blomquist
Announce results of Board Elections – Mary Ruff
Announce Martha Hatch Award for Volunteer of the Year – Mary Ruff
Close business portion of meeting – Mary Ruff
Presentation by Dr. Fred Phillips, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Hydrology at New Mexico Tech: Assessment of Impacts of Climate Change on New Mexico Water Resources over the next Fifty Years
We all recognize the importance of water to New Mexico, an increasingly arid state. Tasked by our governor, The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC) is leading a collaborative effort to develop a 50-Year Water Plan. The pillars of the 50-Year Water Plan are stewardship, equity and sustainability – how to allow for more flexibility in managing water supplies and infrastructure in the face of weather extremes brought on by a changing climate. Dr. Fred Phillips is a key member of a team of climate and water resources scientists convened by New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) to research the issues and deliver their report. Their report will inform the development of the 50-Year Water Plan, in preparation by the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (NMISC).
About Dr. Phillips:
Dr. Fred Phillips is the lead author of the popular book, “Reining in the Rio Grande: People, Land, and Water”, published in 2011 and available in our Nature Store. To see another talk that Dr. Phillips presented for Friends in April 2021 – “The Rio Grande: Is the Past the Key to the Future?” visit our video gallery.