New Mexico is in a water crisis. We share in that water crisis as a community, whether we are referring to the state, a municipality, or as a watershed.
Water has cultural and social significance for many communities who are deeply rooted in New Mexico.
There are many stakeholders affected by the water crisis. Often, stakeholders are geographically adjacent to each other, but how much communication occurs between these neighbors? We need to engage the voices of those long lived communities in the conversation about water. The voices of all stakeholders need to be heard.
Historically, the Native American and Hispano communities of New Mexico devised methods for adapting to periods of drought and water scarcity. There are lessons to be learned from this history. Conserving water in not a new idea, but we are many more in population now, and consuming water at a rate that is unsustainable. How do arrive at solutions for the current water crisis? We start with a conversation, perhaps realizing how much we are in this crisis together. It sounds simple enough; maybe it is, and maybe it’s not. So, let us begin and see where it takes us. Solutions are possible, but their momentum lies in the collaboration that comes from the conversation.