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WaterWise
University of New Mexico experts work to solve regional water issues
August 16, 2004

Students help residents plan
UNM degrees in planning, water management offered

By Karen Wentworth

When communities think about growth, quality of life and economic development, they find themselves forced to think about water.

UNM’s Community and Regional Planning Program features a course in analytical methods that sends students into communities to address development, which frequently includes water concerns. Students may complete dual degrees at UNM in Community and Regional Planning and Water Resources Management.

“From a historic point of view,” said David Henkel, program director, “water supply and erosion are two dynamics in our natural systems and affect community planning and development in New Mexico.”

Recently, students drafted community plans for Cuba, Santo Domingo, Galisteo, Cerrillos, San Marcos and Lamy. Typical issues include housing, preserving traditions and economic development.

UNM’s Community and Regional Planning program is the only accredited graduate program of its kind in New Mexico and attracts students from across the United States and several foreign countries.

Graduates work in the public, private and non-profit sectors and at the local, regional and national levels in the U.S. and abroad. For information, contact UNM Professor Ted Jojola at 277-5050 or tjojola@unm.edu or visit http://www.unm.edu/~crp.