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Middle Rio Grande/Albuquerque Urban Waters Partnership

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The vision for the national Urban Waters Federal Partnership is to restore urban water quality, revitalize our communities, and reconnect communities to their urban waterways, particularly those that are overburdened or economically distressed.

The strategy for pursuing this vision in each partnership location is to improve coordination among federal agencies, local government and municipalities, non-profits, educational institutions, and other community-led groups to integrate efforts at a local level.


The Middle Rio Grande/Albuquerque (MRG/ABQ) Urban Waters Partnership in the greater Albuquerque metropolitan area of New Mexico was established in 2013 as one of 21 EPA-designated Urban Waters locations. Like many western river ecosystems, the Middle Rio Grande faces numerous challenges in balancing competing needs with a finite water supply and other resource constraints. Historical practices by our ancestors and immigrants to the Middle Rio Grande have established the conditions that we have inherited. Long-term drought, exacerbated by climate change, is changing conditions that affect natural and human communities as we strive to improve our precious Rio Grande. The needs of our growing urban environment must be met while continuing to preserve natural systems, the agricultural economy, and the cultural practices of Pueblos and villages up and down the valley.

Middle Rio Grande/Albuquerque Urban Waters Partnership Themes:

  1. Invest in Healthy Watersheds
  2. Engage in Education and Outreach 
  3. Facilitate Economic Revitalization and Prosperity
  4. Foster Active Collaboration and True Partnership

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