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NEW MEXICO PROJECTS

Groundwater-Level Monitoring in Middle Rio Grande Basin Piezometers

Project Chief: Joe Beman
Cooperators: New Mexico Office of the State Engineer; Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority
Period of Project: 1997-Present

In 1996, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Albuquerque Bernallilo County Water Utility Authority, began a drilling program to install specialized monitoring wells in the Middle Rio Grande Basin. The purpose of the program is to monitor hydraulic head at specific depths in the aquifer (fig. 1). Most of these specialized wells, called piezometers, are located in areas between major water-production wells so that data collected are more representative of general conditions in the aquifer rather than conditions influenced primarily by the daily on-and-off cycles of the production wells. Because hydraulic head varies vertically as well as horizontally throughout the aquifer system, piezometers are completed at different depths, typically in groups of three (fig. 1). Hydraulic head is monitored by continuously measuring the depth to water in each piezometer and recording a measurement every hour. To ensure the accuracy of the recording device, measurements are made by hand every 4 to 8 weeks using steel or electric tape.

Figure 1. Schematic east-west section through central Albuquerque displaying the construction of a typical piezometer nest and typical water-production well in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system. Also displayed is the generalized distribution of hydraulic head: the red-purple area represents low hydraulic head, and the orange areas represent high hydraulic head. Ground water moves (depending on the aquifer materials) from areas of high hydraulic head to areas of low hydraulic head.
1) Thorn, C.R., 1996, Ground-water monitoring in the Albuquerque area: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-088-96, 2 p.

Comparison of water levels from year to year can show trends in water-level decline or recovery in the aquifer system. Data from each piezometer in the network are viewable by way of the links listed below. Locations of wells within the Albuquerque Basin can be viewed by clicking on: Location Map link.

Publications:
Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2012, Beman, Joseph E., USGS Data Series: 790
Water-Level Data for the Albuquerque Basin and Adjacent Areas, Central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2013, Beman, Joseph E., USGS Data Series: 873
Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2014, Beman, Joseph E., USGS Data Series: 963


Data for individual sites can be obtained by selecting the site number below


Agency
Site Number
Site Name
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05N.03E.28.411 NANCY LOPEZ
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05N.03E.28.411A NANCY LOPEZ2
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06N.03E.18.442 TOME SITE
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06N.03E.18.442A TOME SITE
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06N.03E.18.442B TOME SITE
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08N.02E.02.413 ISLETA SITE
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08N.02E.02.413A ISLETA SITE
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08N.02E.02.413B ISLETA SITE
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08N.02E.02.413C ISLETA SITE
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09N.03E.34.231 MESA DEL SOL
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09N.03E.34.231A MESA DEL SOL
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09N.03E.34.231B MESA DEL SOL
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09N.02E.28.312 Niese Road1
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09N.02E.28.312A Niese Road2
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09N.02E.28.312B Niese Road3
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350056106370101
09N.03E.10.334 MONTESSA SITE
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09N.03E.10.334A MONTESSA SITE
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09N.03E.10.334B MONTESSA SITE
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09N.02E.12.433 Rio Bravo Park 1
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09N.02E.12.433A RIO BRAVO PARK2
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10N.02E.32.433 Westgate Heights Park 1
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10N.02E.32.433A Westgate Heights Park 2
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10N.02E.32.433B Westgate Heights Park 3
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10N.03E.32.314 SAN JOSE NO. 9
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T10N.R02E.36.321A PROJECTED ARMIJO WELL 1
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T10N.R02E.36.321B PROJECTED ARMIJO WELL 2
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10N.05E.29.11431 DEAD MANS CURVE
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10N.03E.14.324 DEL SOL DIVIDER
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10N.03E.14.324A DEL SOL DIVIDER
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10N.03E.14.324B DEL SOL DIVIDER
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10N.04E.18.133A JERRY CLINE
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10N.04E.18.133B JERRY CLINE
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10N.04E.18.133C JERRY CLINE
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10N.02E.11.244 WEST BLUFF NO. 1
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10N.02E.11.244A WEST BLUFF NO. 1
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10N.02E.11.244B WEST BLUFF NO. 1
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10N.02E.11.244C WEST BLUFF NO. 2
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10N.02E.11.244D WEST BLUFF NO. 2
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10N.02E.11.244E WEST BLUFF NO. 2
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10N.04E.09.214 MATHESON MIDDLE SCHOOL
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10N.04E.09.214A MATHESON MIDDLE SCHOOL
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10N.04E.09.214B MATHESON MIDDLE SCHOOL
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10N.03E.05.341 GARFIELD PARK
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10N.03E.05.341A GARFIELD PARK
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10N.03E.05.341B GARFIELD PARK
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11N.03E.31.21311A Montano-6 973-978' screen
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11N.03E.31.21311B Montano 6 826-831 ft. screen
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11N.03E.31.21311C Montano 6 558-603 ft. screen
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11N.03E.31.21311D Montano 6 172-177 ft. screen
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11N.03E.25.322 SISTER CITIES
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11N.03E.25.322A SISTER CITIES
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11N.03E.26.243 SIERRA VISTA
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11N.03E.26.243A SIERRA VISTA
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11N.03E.26.243B SIERRA VISTA
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11N.04E.18.222 NOR ESTE
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11N.04E.18.222A NOR ESTE
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11N.04E.18.222B NOR ESTE
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11N.03E.07.141 HUNTERS RIDGE NO. 1
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11N.03E.07.141A HUNTERS RIDGE NO. 1
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11N.03E.07.141B HUNTERS RIDGE NO. 1
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11N.03E.07.141C HUNTERS RIDGE NO. 2
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11N.03E.07.141D HUNTERS RIDGE NO. 2
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11N.03E.07.141E HUNTERS RIDGE NO. 2
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12N.04E.29.433 SANDIA SITE
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12N.04E.29.433A SANDIA SITE
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12N.04E.29.433B SANDIA SITE
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12N.02E.24.144 LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL
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12N.02E.24.144A LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL
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12N.02E.24.144B LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL
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13N.04E.31.343 BERNALILLO SITE
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13N.04E.31.343A BERNALILLO SITE PIEZ 2

 

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