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Mike Agar

Mike Agar is an emeritus anthropology prof who works independently as Ethknoworks. He has been researching water governance in New Mexico for a few years and continues to climb the aquatic learning curve.

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What kind of plant is “Santolina”?

06. April 2015

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By Mike Agar What kind of plant is “Santolina”?

The devil is in the details as Albuquerque and Bernalillo County grapple with the unfamiliar process and scale of Santolina.

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Making Chorizo

16. February 2015

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By Mike Agar

Geez it’s depressing watching the legislature. It’s never pretty. Bismarck supposedly said those who like sausages and laws shouldn’t watch either being made. And Dios sabe we’re all used to how ugly DC looks. But somehow, in New Mexico, you expect more humanity, more empathy, when the human issue is laid on the table. Sure, there will be different ideas of how to solve problems, but people will be more likely to understand them in terms of what it means to be a human trying to make it through the day. 

But this pack of Republicans, I dunno...

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Water is for Talkin’ Over

20. January 2015

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By Mike Agar Water is for Talkin’ Over

A report back from the 21st annual statewide New Mexico Water Dialogue meeting and thoughts on an inclusive governance strategy for our water's future.

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Who’s Holding the Stake? Participants and Community in the Gila Decision

16. September 2014

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By Mike Agar Who’s Holding the Stake? Participants and Community in the Gila Decision

Action research and social science missing in identifying real stakeholders and impacts.

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Thirsty Locals and Their Declining Wells

10. July 2014

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By Mike Agar Thirsty Locals and Their Declining Wells

As the aquifer gets increasingly strained, in New Mexico and beyond, Mike Agar explores the concept of aquifer recharge and storage.

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New Exhibit on Acequias at the Maxwell Museum

01. July 2014

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By Mike Agar New Exhibit on Acequias at the Maxwell Museum

El Agua Es Vida, takes the visitor on an historical ride through Nuevomexicano rural communities from the arrival of the Spanish to the current crises caused by the pull of outside wage labor, demands for their water rights, and climate change.

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Anthropology on Water

15. April 2014

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By Mike Agar Anthropology on Water

Mike Agar explores local water conundrums at the annual meeting of the Society of Applied Anthropology.

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Talking Water Through, Rather Than Past, Each Other

15. January 2014

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By Mike Agar Talking Water Through, Rather Than Past, Each Other

The 20th annual statewide meeting of The New Mexico Water Dialogue stressed the importance and value of communication synergy in light of the state's water sharing conundrums.

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Regional Water Planning - Just Another Windmill?

24. December 2013

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By Mike Agar Regional Water Planning - Just Another Windmill?

Is the most recent state water planning initiative a Quixotic undertaking? Mike Agar explores the possibilities beyond the windmills.

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Water, Water Everywhere, But Too Much Salt To Drink

12. November 2013

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By Mike Agar Water, Water Everywhere, But Too Much Salt To Drink

The possibilities and pitfalls of water desalination are being explored at a research center in Alamogordo.

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