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Hydrologic data for the Puerco River basin, western New Mexico, October 1, 1991, through September 30, 1992

Open-File Report 94-377

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Abstract

Hydrologic data collected during October 1, 1991, through September 30, 1992, in the Puerco River Basin, Western New Mexico, are summarized. The effects of uranium mining and a 1979 tailings pond spill, in combination with naturally occurring and potentially hazardous trace elements, have created a concern that surface water and ground water in the Puerco River Basin may be unsafe for irrigation, livestock watering, and domestic use; therefore, a data collection network was established to monitor the suitability of the water resources in the Puerco River Basin. The data collection network consisted of one streamflow-gaging station, three water-well dusters, and nine streambed sites. The network is located along a reach of the Puerco River beginning near the confluence of the Puerco River and Pipeline Arroyo and ending approximately 9 miles upstream from the New Mexico-Arizona State line. Data tabulated and presented include mean daily discharge, ground-water hydrographs, water quality, and sediment chemistry and particle-size distribution.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Hydrologic data for the Puerco River basin, western New Mexico, October 1, 1991, through September 30, 1992
Series title:
Open-File Report
Series number:
94-377
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1994
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division, [New Mexico District] ; Can be purchased from U.S. Geological Survey, Earth Science Information Center, Open-File Reports Section,
Description:
iv, 33 p. :ill., map ;28 cm.