New Mexico Water Science Center

Data and Tools

The New Mexico Water Science Center collects, analyzes, and distributes data on a wide variety of water-related issues and resources. Much of our data are publicly available through the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS), but additional datasets and analytical tools are available here.

New Mexico Water Science Center Sediment Laboratory

New Mexico Water Science Center Sediment Laboratory

The NMWSC Sediment Laboratory routinely performs sediment analyses for suspended-sediment concentration, determines percentages of sand and finer materials, and completes particle-size analyses for suspended and bed-material sediment.

Sediment Lab

New Mexico Water Science Center Sediment Field Program

New Mexico Water Science Center Sediment Field Program

Sediment is derived from a parent material subjected to erosional processes by which particles are detached and transported by gravity, wind, water, or a combination of these agents.

Field Program
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Date published: October 2, 2020

Data supporting the 2018 geomorphic survey of North Fork Eagle Creek, New Mexico

This U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) data release contains results from the 2018 geomorphic survey of North Fork Eagle Creek, New Mexico. The 2018 geomorphic survey was conducted by the USGS, in cooperation with the Village of Ruidoso, New Mexico, and is the second in a planned series of five annual geomorphic surveys of the stream reach located between the North Fork Eagle Creek near A

Date published: September 30, 2020

Data to Estimate Water Use Associated with Continuous Oil and Gas Development, Permian Basin, United States, 1980-2019

One of the largest conventional oil reservoirs in the United States, the Permian Basin, is becoming one of the world’s largest continuous oil and gas producing reservoirs. Continuous, or horizontal well drilling techniques extract oil and gas by directionally drilling and hydraulically fracturing the surrounding reservoir rock. The continuous extraction of oil and gas using hydrauli

Date published: September 30, 2020

U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) County Population Estimates, Texas, New Mexico 1980-2019

The Census Bureau's Population Estimates Program produces July 1 estimates for years after the last published decennial census, as well as for past decades. This dataset includes population estimates by county in Texas and New Mexico for the years 1980-2019.

Date published: September 30, 2020

Permitted Water Rights in the Permian Basin, New Mexico. Derived from the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer (NM OSE) Water Rights Data.

The NM OSE permitted water rights data along with associated geospatial vector files delineating water right point source location. This dataset is derived from the NM OSE geospatial vector file and retains permitted water rights within the Permian Basin, New Mexico potentially associated with direct, indirect, and ancillary continuous oil and gas water usage.

Date published: September 30, 2020

Non-Point Source Water-Use Data for Selected Counties in and near the Permian Basin, Texas. 2000 to 2018.

This part of the data release contains the water-use withdrawal data in the Permian Basin in Texas aggregated by county for the categories of irrigation, livestock, mining, and domestic. These digital data accompany Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Thamke, J.N., McDowell, J.S., Ball, G.P, Houston, N.A., and Galanter, A.E., Estimates of Water Use Associated with Cont

Date published: September 30, 2020

Data to Estimate of Water Use Associated with Continuous Oil and Gas Development, FracFocus Fluid Data, Texas, New Mexico 2009-2019

FracFocus is the national hydraulic fracturing chemical registry. Each FracFocus record is composed of three parts: 1. Well information including API number, job start and end date, state and county numbers, well operator name, latitude and longitude, datum projection, total vertical well depth, and the total volume of base fluids. 2. A list of the additives used. 3. A list of th

Date published: September 30, 2020

New Mexican Oil and Gas Well Data in the Permian Basin, New Mexico, 2011-2019. Derived from New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (NMOCD) and FracFocus data.

The New Mexico Oil Conservation Division maintains information on oil and gas wells. However, no information regarding the water usage associated with hydraulic fracturing is reported and maintained. This dataset is the result of combining well information from the NMOCD and water volume information from the FracFocus dataset. Hydraulic fracturing for each well was assumed to correlate to the...

Date published: September 30, 2020

System and point source water-use withdrawal data for the Permian Basin, Texas, 1980 to 2018

This data contains the point source water-use withdrawal data in the Permian Basin in Texas aggregated by system or facility and or by well.

Date published: September 30, 2020

PRISM Yearly Mean Air Temperature and Precipitation for Select Counties in New Mexico and Texas, 1981 - 2019.

Monthly PRISM datasets covering the conterminous U.S., from 1981-2019 were used to calculate yearly average air temperature and spatially averaged yearly precipitation for selected counties in and near the Permian Basin. Distribution of the measurements was accomplished using the PRISM, developed and applied by Dr. Christopher Daly of the PRISM Climate Group at Oregon State University. The...

Date published: June 16, 2020

Rock and Calcite Chemistry Within and Surrounding Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave

The Fort Stanton-Snowy River cave system (FSC) is located in Lincoln County, New Mexico in the upper Rio Hondo Basin. The entrance of the cave is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the site of historic Fort Stanton. In 2001, the Snowy River Formation was discovered. This formation, a white calcite deposit that lines a streambed within the cave, is now considered to be

Date published: June 16, 2020

Rock Chemistry for Fort Stanton-Snowy River Samples

The Fort Stanton-Snowy River cave system (FSC) is located in Lincoln County, New Mexico in the upper Rio Hondo Basin. The entrance of the cave is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the site of historic Fort Stanton. These data represent the total recoverable rock chemistry associated with the geology of the surface near the cave. The data include major and trace element co

Date published: June 16, 2020

Snowy River calcite chemistry

The Fort Stanton-Snowy River cave system (FSC) is located in Lincoln County, New Mexico in the upper Rio Hondo Basin. The entrance of the cave is on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land near the site of historic Fort Stanton. . In 2001, the Snowy River Formation was discovered. This formation, a white calcite deposit that lines a streambed within the cave, is now considered to b