Hydrogeologic Atlas for Fort Bliss

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Successful long term stewardship of Fort Bliss lands includes managing traditional hydrologic resources such as surface water and groundwater resources and increasingly, geologic resources such as geothermal reservoirs and deep well injection locations. The USGS Texas Water Science Center is developing a garrison-wide hydrogeologic atlas that describes the hydrology and hydrogeology of Fort Bliss and associated military installations. 

While many studies and stewardship activities have been accomplished by Fort Bliss over the years, a comprehensive, installation-wide characterization of these resources has never occurred. Increasing intensity of use of Fort Bliss lands and resources results in a need for a comprehensive characterization of these systems to ensure responsible planning and stewardship of Fort Bliss natural resources into the future.

A hydrogeologic study (Phase 1) to help better understand the natural resources at Fort Bliss was started in the fall of 2013 as part of an Inter-Agency Agreement between the U.S. Army Garrison and the USGS. For Phase 1, a web-based viewer was developed to display the compiled datasets to date. As part of Phase 2, additional information resources will be incorporated, the geodatabase will be refined, and a hydrogeologic atlas will be developed. 

The development of the hydrogeologic atlas will consist of a 3-task approach:

  1. Conduct a data inventory of the available hydrogeologic and hydrogeologic datasets (electronic and hardcopy formats). 
  2. Develop an electronic ArcGIS geodatabase to house and geospatially reference and relate the datasets.
  3. Prepare a hydrogeologic atlas characterizing the hydrology and hydrogeology of Fort Bliss and associated military installations.