Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Integrated hydrologic modeling of a transboundary aquifer system —Lower Rio Grande

January 1, 2013

For more than 30 years the agreements developed for the aquifer systems of the lower Rio Grande and related river compacts of the Rio Grande River have evolved into a complex setting of transboundary conjunctive use. The conjunctive use now includes many facets of water rights, water use, and emerging demands between the states of New Mexico and Texas, the United States and Mexico, and various water-supply agencies. The analysis of the complex relations between irrigation and streamflow supplyand-demand components and the effects of surface-water and groundwater use requires an integrated hydrologic model to track all of the use and movement of water. MODFLOW with the Farm Process (MFFMP) provides the integrated approach needed to assess the stream-aquifer interactions that are dynamically affected by irrigation demands on streamflow allotments that are supplemented with groundwater pumpage. As a first step to the ongoing full implementation of MF-FMP by the USGS, the existing model (LRG_2007) was modified to include some FMP features, demonstrating the ability to simulate the existing streamflow-diversion relations known as the D2 and D3 curves, departure of downstream deliveries from these curves during low allocation years and with increasing efficiency upstream, and the dynamic relation between surface-water conveyance and estimates of pumpage and recharge. This new MF-FMP modeling framework can now internally analyze complex relations within the Lower Rio Grande Hydrologic Model (LRGHM_2011) that previous techniques had limited ability to assess.

Publication Year 2013
Title Integrated hydrologic modeling of a transboundary aquifer system —Lower Rio Grande
Authors Randall T. Hanson, Wolfgang Schmid, Jacob E. Knight, Thomas Maddock
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70178489
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization California Water Science Center