U.S. Geological Survey water-resources programs in New Mexico, FY 2015

Fact Sheet 2015-3039



The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has collected hydrologic information in New Mexico since 1889, beginning with the first USGS streamflow-gaging station in the Nation, located on the Rio Grande near Embudo, New Mexico. Water-resources information provided by the USGS is used by many government agencies for issuing flood warnings to protect lives and reduce property damage,managing water rights and interstate water use, protecting water quality and regulating pollution discharges, designing highways and bridges, planning, designing, and operating reservoirs and watersupply facilities, monitoring the availability of groundwater resources and forecasting aquifer response to human and environmental stressors, and prioritizing areas where emergency erosion mitigation or other protective measures may be necessary after a wildfire. For more than 100 years, the Cooperative Water Program has been a highly successful cost-sharing partnership between the USGS and water-resources agencies at the State, local, and tribal levels. It would be difficult to effectively accomplish the mission of the USGS without the contributions of the Cooperative Water Program.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title U.S. Geological Survey water-resources programs in New Mexico, FY 2015
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2015-3039
DOI 10.3133/fs20153039
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) New Mexico Water Science Center
Description 2 p.
Country United States
State New Mexico
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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