University of New Mexico Water Resources Program

Valles Caldera UNM Water Resources Program field camp


The science and policy of water

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. 

New director of Water Resource Program announced

We are pleased to announce our new Water Resources Director, Dr. Becky Bixby! Becky has been integral to the Water Resources Program in a number of capacities since 2007.  As the former Associate Director of the Program, she has been involved in water issues both at the University of New Mexico and the local water management community.

Land Acknowledgement

Founded in 1889, the University of New Mexico sits on the unceded homelands of the Tiwa people, whose descendants today include the Pueblos of Sandia and Isleta. The original peoples of New Mexico – Pueblo, Diné (Navajo), Apache, Comanche, Ute, Genízaro and others – since time immemorial, have deep connections to the land and have made significant contributions to the broader community statewide. We honor the land itself and those who survived colonization throughout the generations, and also acknowledge our only newly committed relationship to Indigenous peoples. We solemnly recognize the history of colonization and genocide not only here in New Mexico, but across the entire world.