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New Mexico Water Science Center's priority is to continue the important work of the Department of the Interior and the USGS, while also maintaining the health and safety of our employees and community.  Based on guidance from the White House, the CDC, and state and local authorities, we are shifting our operations to a virtual mode and have minimal staffing within our offices.

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New Mexico National Water Dashboard

New Mexico National Water Dashboard

The National Water Dashboard (NWD) is a mobile, interactive tool that provides real-time information on water levels, weather, and flood forecasts - all in one place on a computer, smartphone, or other mobile device.

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New Mexico Water Science Center Featured Project:

New Mexico Water Science Center Featured Project:

In cooperation with Bernalillo County, the U.S. Geological Survey characterized polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) concentrations and made PCB load estimates from Albuquerque area stormwater channels.

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News

Date published: December 15, 2020

Pesticides and their degradation products common in groundwater but at low concentrations unlikely to be human-health concern

Thousands of pesticides are used on crops and landscaping, are they in our groundwater? According to a new USGS study, the answer is a qualified yes—some pesticides and the chemical compounds they degrade to are common in groundwater used for public drinking-water supply, but mostly at concentrations well below levels of concern for...

Date published: May 13, 2019

USGS News Release: Groundwater Levels are Rebounding in Albuquerque

Groundwater levels in the Albuquerque area are on the rise according to newly published research from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Year Published: 2021

Estimates of water use associated with continuous oil and gas development in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico, 2010–19, with comparisons to the Williston Basin, North Dakota and Montana

The Permian Basin, in west Texas and southeastern New Mexico is one of the largest conventional oil and gas reservoirs in the United States and is becoming one of the world’s largest continuous oil and gas (COG) reservoirs. Advances in technology have enabled oil and gas to be extracted from reservoirs that historically were developed using...

Houston, Natalie A.; Ball, Grady P.; Galanter, Amy E.; Valder, Joshua F.; McShane, Ryan R.; Thamke, Joanna N.; McDowell, Jeremy S.
Houston, N.A., Ball, G.P., Galanter, A.E., Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Thamke, J.N., and McDowell, J.S., Estimates of Water Use Associated with Continuous Oil and Gas Development in the Permian Basin, Texas and New Mexico, 2010–2019, with Comparisons to the Williston Basin, North Dakota and Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3053, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213053.

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Utilizing multiple hydrogeologic and anthropogenic indicators to understand zones of groundwater contribution to water-supply wells near Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility in southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico

In 1999, a jet-fuels release was discovered at the Bulk Fuels Facility on Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Contaminants had reached the water table and migrated north-northeast toward water-supply wells. Monitoring wells were installed downgradient from the facility to determine the primary zones of groundwater production for...

Travis, Rebecca E.; Bell, Meghan T.; Linhoff, Benjamin S.; Beisner, Kimberly R.
Travis, R.E., Bell, M.T., Linhoff, B.S., and Beisner, K.R., 2021, Utilizing multiple hydrogeologic and anthropogenic indicators to understand zones of groundwater contribution to water-supply wells near Kirtland Air Force Base Bulk Fuels Facility in southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5076, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215076.

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Estimates of public-supply, domestic, and irrigation water withdrawal, use, and trends in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, 1985 to 2015

The Rio Grande flows approximately 670 miles from its headwaters in the San Juan Mountains of south-central Colorado to Fort Quitman, Texas, draining the Upper Rio Grande Basin (URGB) study area of 32,000 square miles that includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Parts of the basin extend into the United Mexican States (hereafter “Mexico...

Ivahnenko, Tamara I.; Flickinger, Allison K.; Galanter, Amy E.; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.; Pedraza, Diana E.; Senay, Gabriel B.
Ivahnenko, T.I., Flickinger, A.K., Galanter, A.E., Douglas-Mankin, K.R., Pedraza, D.E., and Senay, G.B., 2021, Estimates of public-supply, domestic, and irrigation water withdrawal, use, and trends in the Upper Rio Grande Basin, 1985 to 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5036, 31 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215036.