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Welcome to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web page for the New Mexico Water Science Center; this is your direct link to water-resource information. This site provides data and information on New Mexico's rivers and streams, groundwater, water quality, and many other water-related topics.

Interactive Maps Delivering Current Streamflow Conditions

Interactive Maps Delivering Current Streamflow Conditions

The maps utilize zoom and pan to allow you to focus in on the water-monitoring sites that interest you. The maps show current streamflow as compared to historical records.

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New Mexico Water Science Center Featured Project:

New Mexico Water Science Center Featured Project:

Post-Wildfire Investigation: Analysis of Soil Properties Based on Burn Severity

Project Info

News

Date published: June 15, 2018

USGS Response to Ute Park Fire

The New Mexico Water Science center has proactively installed three rain gages at two existing streamgages and one reservoir gage within and surrounding the Ute Park Fire burn area. The data will provide local, state, and federal entities as well as area residents with near real time information of precipitation in the area. 

Date published: March 8, 2017

Understanding Managed Aquifer Recharge as a Water Storage Option in the Pojoaque River Basin

In order to provide long-term storage of diverted surface water from the Rio Grande as part of the Aamodt water rights settlement, managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in Pojoaque River Basin arroyos was proposed as an option.

Date published: August 11, 2016

Discover Jemez Postwildfire Debris-Flow Hazards With the Click of a Mouse

A new interactive map and companion report from the U.S. Geological Survey allows residents living in and around New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains to see where they’re located in relation to postwildfire debris-flow hazards.

Publications

Year Published: 2019

Hydraulic and water-quality indicators of aquifer zones contributing groundwater flow to wells in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system near southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2013–16

An ethylene dibromide (EDB) plume extends approximately 5,880 feet northeast from the Bulk Fuels Facility on Kirtland Air Force Base. The leading edge of the EDB plume is about 3,700 feet upgradient from several water-supply wells. The water-supply wells are screened in the upper Santa Fe Group aquifer system. Within the upper Santa Fe Group, two...

Travis, Rebecca E.; Myers, Nathan C.
Travis, R.E., and Myers, N.C., 2019, Hydraulic and water-quality indicators of aquifer zones contributing groundwater flow to wells in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system near southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2013–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5138, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185138.

Year Published: 2019

Water-quality trends in U.S. rivers, 2002 to 2012: Relations to levels of concern

Effective management and protection of water resources relies upon understanding how water-quality conditions are changing over time. Water-quality trends for ammonia, chloride, nitrate, sulfate, total dissolved solids (TDS), total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) were assessed at 762 sites located in the conterminous United...

Shoda, Megan E.; Sprague, Lori A.; Murphy, Jennifer C.; Riskin, Melissa L.
Shoda, M.E., Sprague, L.A., Murphy, J.C., and Riskin, M.L., 2018, Water-quality trends in U.S. rivers, 2002 to 2012: Relations to levels of concern. Science of the Total Environment 650 (2019), p. 2314-2324. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.09.377

Year Published: 2018

Effect of calcium on the bioavailability of dissolved uranium(VI) in plant roots under circumneutral pH

We integrated field measurements, hydroponic experiments, microscopy, and spectroscopy to investigate the effect of Ca(II) on dissolved U(VI) uptake by plants in 1 mM HCO3– solutions at circumneutral pH. The accumulation of U in plants (3.1–21.3 mg kg–1) from the stream bank of the Rio Paguate, Jackpile Mine, New Mexico served as a motivation...

El Hayek, Eliane; Torres, Chris; Rodriguez-Freire, Lucia; Blake, Johanna M.; De Vore, Cherie L.; Brearley, Adrian J.; Spilde, Michael N.; Cabaniss, Stephen; Ali, Abdul-Mehdi S.; Cerrato, José M.