WRRC Brown Bag Talk - Navigating Water Policy in Uncertain Times: New vs. Old Paradigms


midnight, April 25, 2018


Speaker: Melanie Stansbury, Sr. Advisor and Consultant, Utton Transboundary Resources Center, University of New Mexico

What does water security mean in the 21st century and how do we reconfigure water policy for a more sustainable future?  This talk examines the current water policy landscape and the ways in which a clash of paradigms is playing out between the legacy systems of the past and the new paradigm solutions of the future.  Ms. Stansbury will also explore the frontier of water policymaking in the U.S. and what that may look like going forward in a time of great political, social, and hydrologic change.

Melanie Stansbury is a policy consultant and senior advisor to the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the University of New Mexico School of Law.  Melanie works with organizations to develop strategies for a more sustainable world—with a focus on water security, natural resources, and community development. Previously, Melanie worked in Washington DC in the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and at the White House Office of Management and Budget.  A native New Mexican, Melanie has worked with communities across the state and the U.S. at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels.  She is currently running for office in New Mexico.