University of New Mexico Water Resources Program
Based at the University of New Mexico campus in Albuquerque, the UNM Water Resources Program is a regionally prominent center of expertise on water-related issues and training for environmental professionals, promoting fair, healthy and sustainable solutions to the challenges of water use in New Mexico and the southwest. Drawing from faculty across the university campus, the interdisciplinary program gives students a chance to explore a rich diversity of academic topics related to water, to further their careers and in the process improve the management of water in the arid West.
The program is led by John Fleck, author of the acclaimed book Water is For Fighting Over: And Other Myths about Water in the West, which the New York Times called "illuminating". Fleck's work, as an academic and a writer for popular audiences, is focused on the Colorado River Basin - its problems as climate change collides with population growth, and its solutions, as communities learn to collaborate in the task of using less water. His service as Water Resources Program director is an extension of that work, helping a new generation of water managers develop the technical skills and policy understanding needed to solve the region's problems.