This week, there was a birthday celebration in Alamogordo at a research facility that many New Mexicans may not be aware of. The federal Bureau of Reclamation has a center in Alamogordo called the Brackish Groundwater National Desalinization Research Facility where technologies are developed to desalinate groundwater in inland states. In August of 2007,the plant opened its doors. The Center provides research facilities for demonstration projects and it is the only major research facility in the US dedicated solely to the desalination of brackish groundwater. KSFR spoke with plant manager Randy Shaw this week about the facility’s work.