SOCORRO, N.M., Aug. 1, 2006 – Nearly 200 students and experts in water resources research will gather at the New Mexico Tech’s Macey Center on August 15, 2006. Brief presentations will be made by those involved in water-related research topics. Speakers come from throughout New Mexico as well as Texas, Arizona, and Colorado.

Poster presentations will also be made throughout the day. Over sixty posters and oral presentations will be given on topics ranging from water conservation to hydrogeologic studies, water quality, the Rio Grande silvery minnow, water policy, arsenic removal, evaporation, drought, and many other areas of importance to the water future of New Mexico.

The symposium, held once a year in August at New Mexico Tech in Socorro, New Mexico, provides an opportunity for scientists and other water experts to meet and share with each other their research ideas and findings. Participants include faculty and students from universities, water agency personnel from the federal and state government, and their colleagues from the private sector.

This year students will participate in a competition and awards will be made by the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) – New Mexico Section for the best posters and oral presentations.

The symposium is sponsored by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute in cooperation with Sandia National Laboratories, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, U.S. Geological Survey, AWRA- New Mexico Section, and the state’s major research universities.

The symposium program is available on the WRRI website at http://wrri.nmsu.edu/conf/tc06/program.html. The public is invited to attend and can register online at http://wrri.nmsu.edu/conf/tc06/regis.html. The registration fee is $20, which includes lunch and a notebook containing abstracts of all posters and presentations.

The New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute is a nonprofit organization that funds water-related research projects at all of New Mexico’s universities.

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