SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez proposes to significantly increase state funding for a university research institute that focuses on New Mexico’s water problems.
The governor announced Thursday she’ll ask the Legislature next year for an additional $2 million for the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, which is based at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces.
The Legislature and governor agreed to provide the research center with nearly $215,000 this year from the state’s main budget account. However, the institute also receives federal money and other state funds for an overall budget of nearly $1.3 million.
The governor’s office said the institute’s research has included issues such as desalination, watershed management, water quality and water supplies for communities.