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October 6, 2020
City and County Five Year Water Resources Plan

City of Santa Fe Water (City) and Santa Fe County Utilities Division (County) are initiating a science-based, community informed, five-year planning cycle to develop long range water resource management plans—and we would like your input and your help spreading the word.

Understanding that successful planning for our water future requires participation and collaboration of both water managers and water users, the City and County are committed to engaging the broad diversity of area water users and stakeholders in this planning process. 

The City and County have partnered to develop a public engagement plan that provides a basic framework for a variety of opportunities for public input into a proposed planning cycle.  These opportunities include a general overview webinar and virtual small discussion group meetings in October, and an electronic survey available now at https://forms.gle/cB7rNpqGxYtnMrcq9. Details for these public engagement opportunities are summarized below as well as in the attached project overview document. Additional information about the planning process and public engagement opportunities is also available on the City of Santa Fe Water website: https://www.santafenm.gov/water_division

In this first year of the planning cycle, the public will be asked for their input on the overall proposed process structure, and ideas and preferences about public engagement in that process. Scheduled public engagement opportunities include the following:

Overview Webinars: During these 2 hour information sessions, City and County officials will give presentations on the Five-Year Water Resource Planning Cycle and answer questions from stakeholders. Stakeholders can join via video or via phone: 669.900.6833 ID  927 9319 9774. Two sessions (same material both times) are scheduled:

Monday, October 19th, 10:00-11:30 am. 

Tuesday, October 20th, 5:00-6:30 pm.

Small Group Breakout Sessions: During these 1.5 hour sessions, meant as a follow-up to the initial overview sessions, participants will be divided into small groups for a facilitated discussion and input session. Stakeholders can join via video or via phone: 669.900.6833 ID 835 220 2097. Three sessions are scheduled:

Sunday, October 25th, 3:30-5:00 pm.

Monday, October 26th, 10:00-11:30 am.

Thursday, October 29th, 5:30-7:00 pm.

Electronic Survey: The City and County are using this survey to understand how stakeholders think about water. The survey takes 20-30 minutes to complete. 

This engagement will inform the Five-Year Water Resource Planning Cycle—a roadmap for the planning process—to be completed by the end of 2020. However, the public will have additional opportunities to work with the City and County beyond this year through the five-year planning cycle so that public ideas and values are incorporated into the resulting long range water plans.

Thank you for your help in ensuring an inclusive process representative of our highly diverse stakeholders and communities. 

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the City and County’s Five-Year Water Resource Planning Cycle or any aspects of developing long-range water management plans, please contact me at City of Santa Fe Water or Anjali Bean at Santa Fe County Utilities: 

[bot protected email address] | 505.955.4309  or [bot protected email address] | 505.986.2426

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