Thursday, May 4, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM MDT
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Macey Center, Socorro NM 
Macey Center Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801-4796

Driving Directions 


New Mexico Water Data Initiative 
NM Bureau of Geology/ NM Tech 

Travel Information 

  • Nearest airport is 75 miles north of Socorro in Albuquerque, NM (ABQ)
  • Attendees’ best option is to rent car from airport for most flexibility.
  • Flights in on May 3 and departures on May 5 are likely best.
  • Shuttle option: We will have a van to pick up any attendees at ABQ on May 3 at 5pm, arriving to Socorro at 6pm. Shuttle return to ABQ on Friday May 5 at 7am, arriving to ABQ at 8am. Other options for shuttle may be available, please confirm your ride emailing Stacy.Timmons@nmt.edu or Rachel.Hobbs@nmt.edu


  • Rooms are available at reduced rates at the Holiday Inn Express and Comfort Inn and Suites in  Socorro, NM for the nights of May 3-4
  • Holiday Inn Express: 1040 N California St, Socorro, NM 87801  Phone: (575) 838-4600
  • Best Western: 1100 N California St, Socorro, NM 87801 Phone: (575) 838-0556
  • Call to get a reduced rate, mention event group name "Water Data Initiative" 
  • About 1 mile walk to Conference Venue at Macey Center, NMT 
  • http://www.socorronm.org/lodging/

Transportation to/from Workshop

  • Optional NMT van from hotels to Conference Venue regularly from 7:45am to 8:45am
  • Optional NMT van from Conference Venue to hotels from 5pm to 5:30pm


  • Weather in May can be warm (80s-90s) in the day, occasionally windy. Nights are very comfortable in the 60s-70s.

Socorro, New Mexico

  • https://www.socorronm.org/
  • Socorro is a small town with a handful of restaurants and convenience stores nearby the hotel
  • There is no public transportation, but we are happy to coordinate with you to get you where you need to go.
  • Other hotels in town include the Comfort Inn and Suites.
  • We will likely have an optional field trip, more info will be sent to registrants.

2023 New Mexico Water Data Workshop 

Please join us for the 2023 annual Water Data workshop hosted by the New Mexico Water Data Initiative (WDI). This one-day event is free to attend. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Our goals are to build engagement around topics in water data for New Mexico, and support data literacy at all levels.

  • Attendees can bring a laptop or tablet to participate in data demonstrations. 
  • After registration, your confirmation email may go to spam. Please check your spam folder. 

Draft Agenda


8:30 am – 9 am

Check-in, coffee and continental breakfast

Upper Lobby


9 am – 9:30 am

Welcome to the NM Water Data Workshop



9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel: Updates from Water Data Act directing agencies - progress and challenges from OSE, ISC, NMED, EMNRD and NMBGMR



10:30 am – 11 am

Networking break and coffee

Upper Lobby


11 am – 12 pm

Keynote presentation by Eldrena Douma:              The Water Walker



12 pm – 1 pm

Lunch – eat indoors or outdoors!

Upper lobby


1 pm – 4:10 pm

Concurrent sessions (see below)

Auditorium & Galena


4:10 pm – 5 pm

Networking break and social hour

Upper Lobby

TRACK 1 Session Chair: Amy Gallanter GALENA ROOM
Time Presenter(s) Title / Topic
1:00 Emily Read, USGS USGS Water Data for the Nation: How We Work
1:20 Maurice Hall, Environmental Defense Fund OpenET: Field scale ET for Water Resilience in the US West
1:40 Austin Hanson, Consultant to NM WRRI; Mark Sheely, NM WRRI 
Using Data Visualizations of the NM Dynamic Statewide Water Budget Tool to Address Community Water Issues 
2:00 Rachel Hobbs and Chris Cox, NMBGMR Pecos River Regional Water Data Pilot project update
2:20 20 minute break
2:40 Adel Abdellah, Western States Water Council Demo: The Western States Water Data Access and Analysis Tool (WestDAAT)
3:10 Clara Cogswell, CUAHSI
CUAHSI data Infrastructure and the Data Lifecycle
3:40 Cris Morton and Rachel Hobbs Using the NM Water Data Initiative data catalog: What it CKAN and can't do. 
TRACK 2 Session Chair: Emily Geery AUDITORIUM
Time Presenter(s) Title / Topic
1:00 Harriett Cole TBD: From a story teller - how to tell your water data story 
1:20 Sara Goldstein, ISC The DRAFT 50-Year Water Plan
1:40 Robert Gomez, EMNRD Communicating Climate Science, the New Mexico Climate Risk Tool and Future Data Need
2:00 Katie Zemlick, OSE Water models and data needs at OSE
2:20 20 minute break
2:40 Candice Hopkins, USGS How to access USGS water data
3:10 Jake Ross, NMBGMR NM Water Data Initiative plumbing: The unseen infrastructure supplying water data
3:40 Internet of Water  (TBD) TBD: Geoconnex - Using NM WDI and other data

TBD: To be determined. These are tentative titles or presenters, which will be updated as soon as possible.

New Mexico Tech Campus Map

An interactive map of the New Mexico Tech campus showing the location is the Macey Center is available here.