New Mexico Water Science Center

Hydrologic Monitoring and Trends

Streamflow data are needed at many sites on a daily basis for forecasting flow conditions and flooding, making water-management decisions, assessing water availability, managing water quality, and meeting legal requirements. The USGS has been measuring streamflow in New Mexico since 1889 when the first streamgage in the United States was installed on the Rio Grande near Embudo. Now the New Mexico Water Science Center maintains over 180 active gages in cooperation with our partners.  Groundwater is also an important water resource for New Mexico and the USGS collects information on the quality and quantity of New Mexico's groundwater at over 6,000 sites.  These data are used to monitor and assess New Mexico’s aquifers to assist informed water-resource management and planning.

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Date published: May 16, 2019
Status: Active

Ecohydrologic and Water Quality Data Collection at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Albuquerque South Valley Community Commons

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) New Mexico Water Science Center (NM WSC), in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA), and Bernalillo County (BERNCO), will measure and...

Contacts: Rebecca Travis
Date published: June 4, 2018
Status: Active

New Mexico Water Science Center Sediment Laboratory

The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), New Mexico Water Science Center (NMWSC), works in cooperation with State and Federal agencies in New Mexico to provide reliable and impartial sediment data and interpretation to resource managers, planners, and other stakeholders, and the general public. The NMWSC has been collecting daily suspended sediment samples and periodic turbidity, bed material,...

Date published: March 9, 2018
Status: Active

New Mexico Water Science Center Webcams

Webcams have been installed at three real-time stream-gaging sites and one site which houses only a webcam. The webcams provide valuable information to the National Weather Service, emergency managers, and area residents to evaluate real-time conditions in river environments during storms.

Contacts: Kyle C Davis
Date published: May 4, 2017
Status: Completed

Anderson Ranch Wetlands Characterization

The Anderson Ranch Wetlands (AR Wetlands), located in Taos County, north-central New Mexico, may be at risk from changes in climate patterns, from shifts in available water supply, and from agricultural groundwater pumping adjacent to the wetlands.  To help guide management decisions, the USGS is completing an initial hydrologic characterization of the wetlands.

Contacts: Amy Galanter
Date published: April 18, 2017
Status: Active

NM Boys and Girls Ranch Wetlands Hydrologic Assessment: An Interagency Pilot Program

In partnership with the USFWS Partner Program, the NMWSC has developed a network of piezometers and vegetation survey markers in order to assess groundwater levels and vegetation species at a proposed wetland area on the New Mexico Boy's and Girl's Ranch near Las Nutrias, NM. This proposed wetland area is intended to be maintained as both a flyway habitat for migratory birds, and as a training...

Contacts: Alanna Jornigan
Date published: June 28, 2016
Status: Active

Urban Storm-Water Program in the Albuquerque Metropolitan Area

As part of the surface-water drainage system of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, numerous ephemeral channels collect and transport surface water through the urban area and, eventually, into the Rio Grande.

Date published: June 20, 2016
Status: Active

Implementing a Web-based Streamflow Statistics Tool for New Mexico (StreamStats)

Estimates of streamflow are needed for a wide variety of applications, including water-resources planning and management, flood-plain mapping, and instream flow determinations. Surface water is the primary source of water for irrigators along major stream corridors in New Mexico and is increasingly being utilized by large municipalities. While streamflow statistics for gaged sites are readily...

Contacts: Anne C Tillery
Date published: June 4, 2016
Status: Active

Upper Rio Grande Basin Focus Area Study

The Upper Rio Grande Basin (URGB) of Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico was chosen as a focus area study (FAS) for the USGS National Water Census. The conjunctive use of water in the URGB takes place under a myriad of legal constraints including the Rio Grande Compact agreement between the States, an international treaty with Mexico, and several federal water projects....

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Date published: May 29, 2016
Status: Completed

National Water-Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA) Rio Grande Valley Study

The New Mexico Water Science Center (NMWSC) has historically conducted NAWQA data collection of groundwater and surface water-data within the former Rio Grande Valley (RIOG) study unit, which covers about 45,700 square miles in Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

Contacts: Rebecca Travis
Date published: May 25, 2016
Status: Completed

Cannon Air Force Base: Seasonal Potentiometric Surfaces and Groundwater-Level Trends

Declining water levels and a history of high nitrate concentrations in groundwater near and on Cannon Air Force Base (CAFB) necessitated a more detailed assessment of groundwater flow directions than has been done in the past. Previous potentiometric-surface maps were sufficient for showing regional directions of groundwater flow, but more detailed seasonal (summer high-pumping and winter low-...

Contacts: Nathan Myers
Date published: May 18, 2016
Status: Active

Salinity Trends in Shallow Groundwater, Rincon and Mesilla Valley, New Mexico

Data from monitoring sites at Rincon Valley and Mesilla Valley.

Contacts: Lauren R Henson
Date published: March 7, 2016
Status: Active

Monitoring for Potential Effects of the Gold King Mine Release on Water Quality in the Animas and San Juan Rivers in New Mexico using Continuous Monitors and Automatic Samplers

On August 5, 2015, about three million gallons of water and sediment were released from the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colorado, into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River. The New Mexico Environment Department, among other State, Tribal, and local entities in CO, NM, and UT, is concerned that metals associated with the water and sediment released from the Gold King Mine could have...