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USGS Rain Gages Near Ute Park Burn Area, NMWSC
June 15, 2018

The New Mexico Water Science center has proactively installed three rain gages at two existing streamgages and one reservoir gage within and surrounding the Ute Park Fire burn area. The data will provide local, state, and federal entities as well as area residents with near real time information of precipitation in the area. 

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
January 25, 2018

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Rio Grande aquifer system, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Sediment Field_5, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
Date Published: June 18, 2018
Status: Active

New Mexico Water Science Center Sediment Field Program

Sediment is fragmental material transported by, suspended in, or deposited by water or air, or accumulated in beds by other natural agents. Sediment particles range in size from large boulders to colloidal-size fragments and vary in shape from rounded to angular. They also vary in mineral composition and specific gravity. Sediment is derived from a parent material subjected to erosional...

TAAP Map, US Geological Survey
Date Published: June 13, 2018
Status: Active

Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)

Transboundary aquifers are an essential source of water for United States – Mexico border communities. Declining water levels, deteriorating water quality, and increasing use of groundwater resources on both sides of the border raise concerns about the long-term availability of this supply.

The U.S. – Mexico Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Act (Public Law 109-448) of 2006 was enacted...

Boundary of Model Grid, NM Water Science Center
Date Published: June 12, 2018
Status: Active

Rio Grande Transboundary Integrated Hydrologic Model: Modeling Conjunctive Use to Support Resource Management

The Palomas, Mesilla, and Conejos-Médanos Basins in New Mexico, Texas, and northern Mexico compose a geologically and hydrologically complex region. The conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater takes place under a myriad of legal and operational constraints, including the Rio Grande Compact, an international treaty, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s Rio Grande Project. New demands...

Contacts: Andre Ritchie
Fort Wingate Depot
Date Published: June 7, 2018
Status: Active

Geochemical Evidence of Groundwater Flow Paths and the Fate and Transport of Constituents of Concern in the Alluvial Aquifer at Fort Wingate Depot Activity, New Mexico

As part of an environmental investigation at Fort Wingate Depot Activity, New Mexico, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, interpreted aqueous geochemical concentrations to better understand the groundwater flow paths and the fate and transport of constituents of concern in the alluvial aquifer underlying the study area. The fine-grained nature of...

BH-4 Site, New Mexico Water Science Center
Date Published: June 7, 2018
Status: Active

Hydrogeologic and geochemical characterization and evaluation of two arroyos for managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in the Pojoaque River Basin

In order to provide long-term storage of diverted surface water from the Rio Grande as part of the Aamodt water rights settlement, managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in Pojoaque River Basin arroyos was proposed as an option. The initial hydrogeologic and geochemical characterization of two arroyos located within the Pojoaque River Basin was performed in 2014 and 2015 in...

MDW Looking Upstream at Knick Point, NMWSC
Date Published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

The Source of Groundwater and Solutes to Many Devils Wash at a Former Uranium Mill Site in Shiprock, New Mexico

The Shiprock Disposal Site is the location of the former Navajo Mill, a uranium ore-processing facility, located on a terrace overlooking the San Juan River in the town of Shiprock, New Mexico.The milling operations, conducted at the site from 1954 to 1968, created radioactive tailings and constituents of concern that are now found in the groundwater beneath the Mill. Elevated concentrations...

Rio San Jose Basin Map, NMWSC
Date Published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Water Resource Assessment of the Rio San Jose Basin, West-Central New Mexico

Water resources in the Rio San Jose Basin are limited, and development for public supply, mining, agriculture, and commercial activities have the potential to affect the water availability and quality at a basin-wide scale. This study is designed to provide water-resource managers with better information to plan for potential effects of increased or shifting demands and changes of climatic...

USGS
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Rio Grande Travel Times

The City of Albuquerque will begin accepting delivery of imported San Juan-Chama water to supplement present municipal water supplies as part of the City's Drinking Water Project (DWP). The City's San Juan-Chama water will be diverted from the Rio Grande near Alameda Bridge in Albuquerque, transported to a treatment facility, and eventually distributed to customers.

Water in the Rio...

Contacts: Jeff Langman
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant, NMWSC
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Documentation of slug and shut-in test data for wells H-1, H-2A, H-2B, H-2C, and H-3 at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has collected, documented, and published an extensive amount of hydrogeologic data collected from and near the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) site in southeastern New Mexico. The objective of the proposed work is to document and publish the data that was used to estimate values of transmissivity and storage coefficients for water-bearing zones open to...

Contacts: Rick Huff
USGS
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Development of a Plan of Study on the Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources of the Salt Basin in New Mexico

The New Mexico part of the Salt Basin covers about 2,400 square miles of the south central part of the State. The principal aquifers in the basin are included in the San Andres Limestone, the Yeso Formation and the Abo Formation all of Permian age. Groundwater recharge to the basin is about 35,078 acre-feet per year with about half of the recharge coming from the watershed feeding the...

Contacts: Rick Huff
USGS
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Status: Completed

Vertical Extent of Ground-Water Contamination with Organic Solvents in Grants, New Mexico

The City of Grants is located in Cibola County within western central New Mexico and is included within the Bluewater Underground Water Basin. Major aquifers within the Grants area include the Alluvium and basalt flows of Quaternary age and the San Andres Limestone and the Glorietta Sandstone of Permian age. Contamination of shallow ground water with volatile organic carbon compounds including...

Contacts: Rick Huff
Pecos River, NMWSC
Date Published: June 5, 2018
Status: Active

Continuous Water Quality Monitoring on the Pecos River in Southern New Mexico

High levels of salinity in the Pecos River render it less useful for various purposes. It is believed that underground salt deposits in the Malaga area contribute to the increase in the salinity in the Pecos River as it flows through this area.

Contacts: Kyle C Davis
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Other
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What is a Shift-adjusted rating?

View of the Red River Canyon cut into the landscape in New Mexico
April 6, 2018

Stage-discharge relationships (ratings) are primarily developed from a graphical analysis of multiple streamflow measurements. Measurements are generally made on 8-week intervals. The frequency/interval of streamflow measurements may change based on a variety of circumstances including (but not limited to) flow conditions and rating definition.

Other
/data-tools/drip-calculator-how-much-water-does-a-leaking-faucet-waste

Drip Calculator: How much water does a leaking faucet waste?

Drip calculator
April 6, 2018

Check your faucets at home -- do any of them drip? Well, maybe it's just a small drip -- how much water can a little drip waste? True, a single drip won't waste much water, but think about each faucet in your home dripping a little bit all day long. What if every faucet in every home on your block ... in your town ... in your state also dripped?

Real-time Data
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WaterQualityWatch -- Continuous Real-Time Water Quality of Surface Water in the United States

WaterQualityWatch
March 13, 2018

WaterQualityWatch (http://waterwatch.usgs.gov/wqwatch/) is a USGS web site that provides access to real time water-quality data collected in surface waters throughout the United States as part of the USGS mission to describe water resources. Measurements include streamflow (through WaterWatch) water temperature, specific conductance, pH, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and nitrate.

Real-time Data
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WaterWatch

USGS WaterWatch
March 13, 2018

WaterWatch (http://waterwatch.usgs.gov) is a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) World Wide Web site that displays maps, graphs, and tables describing real-time, recent, and past streamflow conditions for the United States. The real-time information generally is updated on an hourly basis.

Real-time Data
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National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper

NWIS-Mapper thumbnail image
March 13, 2018

The National Water Information System (NWIS) Mapper provides access to water-resources data at over 1.5 million sites across the U.S., including current and historical data. Users can search by site type, data type, site number, or place.

Other
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Annual Water Data Reports

View of three USGS Visual Identity items
March 13, 2018

Beginning with Water Year 2006 and ending with Water Year 2013, annual water data reports were made available as individual electronic Site Data Sheets for the entire Nation for retrieval, download, and localized printing on demand. As of 2014, NWISWeb now provides an on-demand, print-ready Water-Year Summary as an annual water-data product.

Real-time Data
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USGS Gage at Embudo Creek - Dixon, NM

Embudo Gage, New Mexico Water Science Center
March 13, 2018

A site on the Rio Grande near the town of Embudo, New Mexico, was established as the first USGS training camp for hydrographers.

See Publications:

Embudo, New Mexico, birthplace of systematic stream gaging | The USGS at Embudo, New Mexico: 125 years of systematic streamgaging in the United States

Web Application
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USGS Groundwater Watch

USGS Groundwater Watch
March 13, 2018

The USGS has a distributed water database that is locally managed. Surface water, groundwater, and water quality data are compiled from these local, distributed databases into a national information system. The groundwater database contains records from about 850,000 wells that have been compiled during the course of groundwater hydrology studies over the past 100 years. 

Water
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Aquifers: Map of the Principal Aquifers of the United States

Aquifers: Map of the Principal Aquifers of the United States
March 13, 2018

The areal and vertical location of the major aquifers is fundamental to the determination of groundwater availability for the Nation. The map, which is derived from the Ground Water Atlas of the United States, indicates the areal extent of the uppermost principal aquifers on a national scale.

GIS Data
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The National Map

National Map Logo
February 22, 2018

The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. The National Map is easily accessible for display on the Web, as products and services, and as downloadable data.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/prospect-and-mine-related-features-us-geological-survey-75-and-15-minute-topographic

Prospect- and Mine-Related Features from U.S. Geological Survey 7.5- and 15-Minute Topographic Quadrangle Maps of the United States

data location map
December 1, 2017

These data are part of a larger USGS project to develop an updated geospatial database of mines, mineral deposits and mineral regions in the United States. Mine and prospect-related symbols, such as those used to represent prospect pits, mines, adits, dumps, tailings, etc., are currently being digitized on a state-by-state basis from USGS Historical Topographic Maps.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/radio-telemetry-data-nighttime-movements-two-species-migratory-nectar-feeding-bats

Radio telemetry data on nighttime movements of two species of migratory nectar-feeding bats (Leptonycteris) in Hidalgo County, New Mexico, late-summer 2004 and 2005

USGS visual identity - green
September 28, 2017

These bat location estimates have been reported by Bogan and others and come in the form of a GIS shape file.

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Aquifers: Map of the Principal Aquifers of the United States
March 13, 2018

The areal and vertical location of the major aquifers is fundamental to the determination of groundwater availability for the Nation. The map, which is derived from the Ground Water Atlas of the United States, indicates the areal extent of the uppermost principal aquifers on a national scale.

USGS StreamStats New Mexico
March 13, 2018

StreamStats version 4 is a Web application that provides access to an assortment of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analytical tools that are useful for water-resources planning and management, and for engineering and design purposes. 

Jemez Debris-Flow Study Map
March 12, 2018

Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5101 - Jemez Mtns Debris-flow Interactive Map

Potential postwildfire debris-flow hazards—A prewildfire evaluation for the Jemez Mountains, north-central New Mexico
Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5101 - Publication

 

NMBGMR Interactive Map
March 12, 2018

These geospatial data are provided to the public to aid in the understanding of the geologic resources of New Mexico.

The National Map
March 12, 2018

The National Map is a collaborative effort among the USGS and other Federal, State, and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information for the Nation. It has many uses ranging from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response. The National Map is easily accessible for display on the Web, as products and services, and as downloadable data.

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

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Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

Year Published: 2013

Simulations of groundwater flow, transport, and age in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a study of transport of anthropogenic and natural contaminants (TANC) to public-supply wells

Vulnerability to contamination from manmade and natural sources can be characterized by the groundwater-age distribution measured in a supply well and the associated implications for the source depths of the withdrawn water. Coupled groundwater flow and transport models were developed to simulate the transport of the geochemical age-tracers carbon...

Heywood, Charles E.
Simulations of groundwater flow, transport, and age in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for a study of transport of anthropogenic and natural contaminants (TANC) to public-supply wells; 2013; SIR; 2012-5242; Heywood, Charles E.

Year Published: 2006

Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2005

Miller, L.K.; Stiles, J.A.
Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2005; 2006; WDR; NM-05-1; Miller, L. K.; Stiles, J. A.

Year Published: 2005

Questa Baseline and Pre-Mining Ground-Water Quality Investigation. 13. Mineral Microscopy and Chemistry of Mined and Unmined Porphyry Molybdenum Mineralization Along the Red River, New Mexico: Implications for Ground- and Surface-Water Quality

This report is one in a series presenting results of an interdisciplinary U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study of ground-water quality in the lower Red River watershed prior to open-pit and underground molybdenite mining at Molycorp's Questa mine. The stretch of the Red River watershed that extends from just upstream of the town of Red River to...

Plumlee, Geoff; Lowers, Heather; Ludington, Steve; Koenig, Alan; Briggs, Paul
Questa Baseline and Pre-Mining Ground-Water Quality Investigation. 13. Mineral Microscopy and Chemistry of Mined and Unmined Porphyry Molybdenum Mineralization Along the Red River, New Mexico: Implications for Ground- and Surface-Water Quality; 2005; OFR; 2005-1442; Plumlee, Geoff; Lowers, Heather; Ludington, Steve; Koenig, Alan; Briggs, Paul

Year Published: 2005

Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2004

Water-resources data for the 2004 water year for New Mexico consist of records of discharge and water quality of streams; stage, contents, and water quality of lakes and reservoirs; and water levels and water quality in wells and springs. This report contains discharge records for 185 gaging stations; stage and contents for 22 lakes and reservoirs...

Byrd, Dave; Allen, Harriet R.; Montano, Mary
Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2004; 2005; WDR; NM-04-1; Byrd, Dave; Allen, Harriet R.; Montano, Mary

Year Published: 2004

Sources of water to the Rio Grande upstream from San Marcial, New Mexico

Moore, Stephanie J.; Anderholm, Scott K.; Williams-Sether, Tara; Stomp, John M.
Sources of water to the Rio Grande upstream from San Marcial, New Mexico; 2004; FS; 110-03; Moore, Stephanie J.; Anderholm, Scott K.; Williams-Sether, Tara; Stomp, John M.

Year Published: 2004

Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2003

Water-resources data for the 2003 water year for New Mexico consist of records of discharge and water quality of streams; stage, contents, and water quality of lakes and reservoirs; and water levels and water quality in wells and springs. This report contains discharge records for 182 gaging stations; stage and contents for 24 lakes and reservoirs...

Byrd, Dave; Allen, Harriet R.; Montano, Mary
Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2003; 2004; WDR; NM-03-1; Byrd, Dave; Allen, Harriet R.; Montano, Mary

Year Published: 2003

Municipal stormwater sampling program, metropolitan area, Albuquerque, New Mexico : summary of sampling, 1992-2002

Veenhuis, Jack E.
Municipal stormwater sampling program, metropolitan area, Albuquerque, New Mexico : summary of sampling, 1992-2002; 2003; FS; 005-03; Veenhuis, Jack E.

Year Published: 2003

Chemistry and age of ground water in the southwestern Hueco Bolson, New Mexico and Texas

This report, prepared in cooperation with El Paso Water Utilities, presents the results of an investigation to determine the chemistry and age of ground water on the southwestern side of the Hueco Bolson. The radioactive isotope carbon-14 was used to estimate the length of time that water from wells has been isolated from the atmosphere, which is...

Anderholm, Scott K.; Heywood, Charles E.
Chemistry and age of ground water in the southwestern Hueco Bolson, New Mexico and Texas; 2003; WRI; 2002-4237; Anderholm, Scott K.; Heywood, Charles E.

Year Published: 2003

Simulated ground-water flow in the Hueco Bolson, an alluvial-basin aquifer system near El Paso, Texas

The neighboring cities of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, have historically relied on ground-water withdrawals from the Hueco Bolson, an alluvial-aquifer system, to supply water to their growing populations. By 1996, ground-water drawdown exceeded 60 meters in some areas under Ciudad Juarez and El Paso. A simulation of...

Heywood, Charles E.; Yager, Richard M.
Simulated ground-water flow in the Hueco Bolson, an alluvial-basin aquifer system near El Paso, Texas; 2003; WRI; 2002-4108; Heywood, Charles E.; Yager, Richard M.

Year Published: 2003

Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2002

Water-resources data for the 2002 water year for New Mexico consist of records of discharge and water quality of streams; stage, contents, and water quality of lakes and reservoirs; and water levels and water quality in wells and springs. This report contains discharge records for 176 gaging stations; stage and contents for 24 lakes and reservoirs...

Byrd, F. Dave; Lange, Kathy M.; Beal, Linda V.
Water resources data, New Mexico, water year 2002; 2003; WDR; NM-02-1; Byrd, F. Dave; Lange, Kathy M.; Beal, Linda V.

Year Published: 2002

Simulation of Ground-Water Flow in the Middle Rio Grande Basin Between Cochiti and San Acacia, New Mexico

This report describes a three-dimensional, finite difference, ground-water-flow model of the Santa Fe Group aquifer system within the Middle Rio Grande Basin between Cochiti and San Acacia, New Mexico. The aquifer system is composed of the Santa Fe Group of middle Tertiary to Quaternary age and post-Santa Fe Group valley and basin-fill deposits of...

McAda, Douglas P.; Barroll, Peggy
Simulation of Ground-Water Flow in the Middle Rio Grande Basin Between Cochiti and San Acacia, New Mexico; 2002; WRI; 2002-4200; McAda, Douglas P.; Barroll, Peggy

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USGS
March 9, 2018

Various projects on the USGS's public GitHub.

View of three USGS Visual Identity items
March 9, 2018

The software and related documentation on these Web pages were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) for use by the USGS in fulfilling its mission. The software can be used, copied, modified, and distributed without any fee or cost.

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Sediment Field_1, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_1, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_1, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_2, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_2, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_2, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_3, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_3, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_3, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_4, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_4, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_4, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_5, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_5, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_5, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_6, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_6, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_6, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_8, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center
December 31, 2018

Sediment Field_8, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Sediment Field_8, USGS, New Mexico Water Science Center

Discussion on Complexities of the Rio Grande Watershed
April 30, 2018

Discussion on Complexities of the Rio Grande Watershed

Streamside talk about a water managers perspectives on the complexities of the Rio Grande Watershed and the history / need for runoff forecasts for downstream water users. The talk led by Dagmar Llewelly (BOR), Carolyn Donnelly (BOR), Andy Wood (UCAR), and Flaivo Lehner (UCAR) focused on how stream forecasts are developed from snow information and how the forecasts are used to make operational...

Rio Grande Gaging Station Sign
April 30, 2018

Rio Grande Gaging Station Sign

Attendees of the 86th Annual Western Snow Conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico gather at the first streamgaging station established by the United States Geological Survey in 1889 to learn about USGS streamgaging techniques. 

Jeb Brown discusses sediment sampling techniques
April 30, 2018

Jeb Brown Discusses Sediment Sampling Techniques

Attendees of the 86th Annual Western Snow Conference listen as Jeb Brown of the New Mexico Water Science Center discusses current and past sediment gaging techniques. 

Hydro tech teaches sediment sampling techniques
April 30, 2018

Sediment Sampling Techniques

Attendees of the 86th Annual Western Snow Conference listen as Tyson Hatch of the New Mexico Water Science Center discusses current and past sediment gaging techniques. 

USGS Staff pose next to "First Gaging Station" sign
April 30, 2018

Rio Grande at Embudo, NM - First Gaging Station

Staff from the New Mexico Water Science Center pose next to the "First Gaging Station" sign after hosting a technical tour of the site as part of the 86th annual Western Snow Conference.

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USGS Rain Gages Near Ute Park Burn Area, NMWSC
June 15, 2018

The New Mexico Water Science center has proactively installed three rain gages at two existing streamgages and one reservoir gage within and surrounding the Ute Park Fire burn area. The data will provide local, state, and federal entities as well as area residents with near real time information of precipitation in the area. 

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
January 25, 2018

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
December 7, 2017

A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Rio Grande aquifer system, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: Rio Grande and Cliffs in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park
September 14, 2017

A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes the below ground geology of the Rio Grande transboundary region of New Mexico and Texas, United States, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

A wildfire in a forest
September 7, 2017

A growing number of wildfire-burned areas throughout the western United States are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: Burning Sagebrush
September 6, 2017

An examination of long-term data for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management finds that land treatments in the southwestern United States are increasingly large, expensive and related to fire and invasive species control.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
June 16, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

View from Canyonlands Research Center
March 15, 2017

Arid and semiarid ecosystems are expected to experience significant changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which may affect soil organisms in ways that cause surfaces to become lighter in color and thus reflect more sunlight, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Lake Mead
March 15, 2017

The Colorado River system provides about 35 million Americans with a portion of their water supply. It irrigates 5½ million acres of land in the West and provides water to tribes, parks, and wildlife. The system serves parts of seven States and Mexico—but reservoir levels have crept lower over the past several years, sparking questions about how much water remains and who will have access.

USGS: Science for a changing world
March 8, 2017

In order to provide long-term storage of diverted surface water from the Rio Grande as part of the Aamodt water rights settlement, managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in Pojoaque River Basin arroyos was proposed as an option.