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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: 2018

Using cluster analysis to compartmentalize a large managed wetland based on physical, biological, and climatic geospatial attributes

Hierarchical and partitional cluster analyses were used to compartmentalize Water Conservation Area 1, a managed wetland within the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge in southeast Florida, USA, based on physical, biological, and climatic geospatial attributes. Single, complete, average, and Ward’s linkages were tested during...

Hahus, Ian; Migliaccio, Kati; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.; Klarenberg, Geraldine; Muñoz-Carpena, Rafael
Hahus, I.K., Migliaccio, K.W., Douglas-Mankin, K.R., Klarenberg, G., and Munoz-Carpena, R. (2018). Using cluster analysis to compartmentalize a large managed wetland based on physical, biological, and climatic geospatial attributes. Environmental Management. DOI: 10.1007/s00267-018-1050-5

Year Published: 2018

Effects of hillslope gully stabilization on erosion and sediment production in the Torreon Wash watershed, New Mexico, 2009–12

Sediment erosion and deposition in two sets of paired (treated and untreated) upland drainages in the Torreon Wash watershed, upper Rio Puerco Basin, New Mexico, were examined over a 3 1/2-year period from spring 2009 through fall 2012. The objective was to evaluate the effectiveness of shallow, loose-stone check dams, or “one-rock dams,” as a...

Matherne, Anne Marie; Tillery, Anne C.; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.
Matherne, A.M., Tillery, A.C., and Douglas-Mankin, K.R., 2018, Effects of hillslope gully stabilization on erosion and sediment production in the Torreon Wash watershed, New Mexico, 2009–12: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5026, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185026.

Year Published: 2018

Postwildfire measurement of soil physical and hydraulic properties at selected sampling sites in the 2011 Las Conchas wildfire burn scar, Jemez Mountains, north-central New Mexico

The generation of runoff and the resultant flash flooding can be substantially larger following wildfire than for similar rainstorms that precede wildfire disturbance. Flash flooding after the 2011 Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico provided the motivation for this investigation to assess postwildfire effects on soil-hydraulic properties (SHPs) and...

Romero, Orlando C.; Ebel, Brian A.; Martin, Deborah A.; Buchan, Katie W.; Jornigan, Alanna D.
Romero, O.C., Ebel, B.A., Martin, D.A., Buchan, K.W., and Jornigan, A.D., 2018, Postwildfire measurement of soil physical and hydraulic properties at selected sampling sites in the 2011 Las Conchas wildfire burn scar, Jemez Mountains, north-central New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5028, 35 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185028.