SANTA FE ― The Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) on Thursday accepted the Taos Regional Water Plan.
The presentation of the plan to the commission by regional Steering Committee representatives Taos County Commissioner Tom Blakenhorn and Taos County Chief Planner Nathan Sanchez, focused on the key water issues, key collaborative strategies and regional recommendations for consideration in the state water plan update.
Members of the regional Steering Committees worked together to identify projects, programs and policies of greatest interest and paths to implementation for the Taos region.
Regional water planning was initiated in New Mexico in 1987, its primary purpose being to protect New Mexico water resources and to ensure that each region is prepared to meet its future water demands. There are 16 water planning regions identified throughout the state.
The Regional Water Plan for Taos provides new and changed information related to water planning since the creation of the original Regional Water Plan and discusses projections of future water supply and demand for the region as well as strategies to meet future demand. The Taos Steering Committee discussed and compiled new projects, programs and policies to meet future water demand, as well as identified key collaborative projects, which may have larger regional or sub-regional impacts.
These projects also represent an interest in collaboration with entities in the region as well as other water planning regions to seek funding and for implementation. Forest health restoration, capacity building for small water systems and Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association and acequia capacity and preservation were among the key collaborative projects presented.
The Interstate Stream Commission manages the Regional and State Water Planning programs.
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The nine-member Interstate Stream Commission is charged with protecting New Mexico’s right to water under eight interstate stream compacts, ensuring the state complies with each of those compacts, as well as investigating, conserving and protecting the waters of the State, in addition to water planning.