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

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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.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Simulation hydrologic effects of wildfire on a small sub-alpine watershed in New Mexico, U.S.

Streamflow records available before and after wildfire in a small, mixed conifer, sub-alpine monsoonal dominated watershed in New Mexico provided a unique opportunity to calibrate a watershed model (PRMS) for pre- and postfire conditions. The calibrated model was then used to simulate the hydrologic effects of fire. Simulated postfire surface...

Moeser, C. David; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.

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Year Published: 2021

An integrated geochemical approach for defining sources of groundwater salinity in the southern Rio Grande Valley of the Mesilla Basin, New Mexico and west Texas, USA

A significantly elevated groundwater salinity zone was identified in the southern part of the Mesilla Valley. This investigation characterized the occurrence, spatial extent, and source of the plume of elevated groundwater salinity using a wide range of geochemical and geophysical data and methods.

Kubicki, Christopher; Carroll, Kenneth C.; Witcher, James C.; Robertson, Andrew J.

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Year Published: 2020

Optimization assessment of a groundwater-level observation network in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), measures groundwater levels continuously (hourly) and discretely (semiannually and annually) at a network of wells and piezometers (hereafter called the observation network) within the Middle Rio Grande Basin in central New Mexico....

Ritchie, Andre B.; Pepin, Jeff D.
Ritchie, A.B., and Pepin, J.D., 2020, Optimization assessment of a groundwater-level observation network in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico (ver. 2, December 2020): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5007, 113 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205007.