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NMSU Water Lecture Guest Speaker Focuses on Improved Rio Grande Irrigation

LAS CRUCES - New methods for managing scarce irrigation water along the middle Rio Grande will highlight an upcoming New Mexico State University water seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 25.

Ramchand Oad, professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University (11/20/2003) (Courtesy Photo from Colorado State University)

Ramchand Oad, a nationally recognized expert in civil engineering, will speak at 1:30 p.m. in Room 105 of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new Jornada Experimental Range building, located on the western edge of campus.

"By distributing water among users in a systematic, rotational fashion, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District can decrease water diversions, meet crop water use requirements and serve as an environmental steward by conserving water for habitat needs," said Oad, a professor of civil engineering at Colorado State University.

Oad's free, public seminar is part of a water lecture series from NMSU's Water Task Force, civil and geological engineering department and the Water Resources Research Institute.

The ultimate goal is to better manage irrigation water demand and decrease the need for excessive river diversion, said Water Task Force coordinator Craig Runyan, a water quality specialist with NMSU's Cooperative Extension Service.

NMSU formed the task force in 2000 to supply objective, scientific data about water issues in New Mexico. Pulled from across NMSU, this group of specially identified faculty and staff members are experts in water-related issues, Runyan said. They provide rapid responses to public requests for studies, white papers, expert testimony at public hearings and proposed solutions to water problems.

Oad has worked in developing countries as consultant on water issues and irrigation efficiency for international agencies such as the World Bank and Asian Development Bank. He received a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from the NED Engineering College in Pakistan and master's degrees in water science and engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology in Bangkok. His doctorate in agricultural engineering is from Cornell University.

For more information, or if you are an individual with a disability who is in need of an auxiliary aid or service to participate in the meeting, please contact Leeann DeMouche at (505) 646-5254 or ldemouch@nmsu.edu before the event.