by George Zamora

ALBUQUERQUE, October 4, 2004—The Science & Technology Center for Sustainability of Semi-Arid Hydrology and Riparian Areas (SAHRA), a consortium of hydrology research groups based out of the University of Arizona in Tucson, will hold its annual meeting on October 13-15, 2004 at the Albuquerque Marriott, 2101 Louisiana Boulevard, NE.

The theme for this year’s SAHRA convention is “Focus on New Mexico.” Presentations at the convention will describe SAHRA-sponsored research on the water-balance of the Rio Grande basin, salinization of the Rio Grande, and riparian vegetation in New Mexico.

New Mexico Tech President Daniel H. López is scheduled to open the annual meeting with introductory and welcoming remarks. The state-supported research university in Socorro is a founding member of SAHRA and is one of the lead universities in the consortium.

New Mexico State Engineer John D’Antonio will deliver a keynote address at the annual meeting, which is titled “Active Water Resources Management.”

SAHRA is a research consortium comprised of universities, government agencies, and private organizations that was established to develop an integrated, multidisciplinary understanding of the hydrology of semiarid regions. The consortium, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, has adopted a dual mission for its operations: identifying critical knowledge gaps and conducting research to fill them; and, rapidly conveying new discoveries and technology in order to improve water management and policy.