Ground-Water Resources of the Middle Rio Grande Basin

Fact Sheet 088-02
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The Middle Rio Grande Basin, as defined for this study, is the area within the Rio Grande Valley extending from about Cochiti Lake downstream to about San Acacia. It covers approximately 3,060 square miles in central New Mexico, encompassing parts of Santa Fe, Sandoval, Bernalillo, Valencia, Socorro, Torrance, and Cibola Counties and includes a ground-water basin composed of the Santa Fe Group aquifer system. (It is equivalent to the Albuquerque Basin referred to by other authors.) The climate over most of the basin is semiarid. In 2000, the population of the Middle Rio Grande Basin was about 690,000 or about 38 percent of the population of New Mexico. Currently (2002), the source of water for municipal and domestic supply is almost exclusively from ground water.

Suggested Citation

Bartolino, J.R., Cole, J.C., Hester, D.J., 2002, Ground-water resources of the Middle Rio Grande Basin: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 088–02, 6 p.,

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

Table of Contents

  • What is the Middle Rio Grande Basin?
  • What is the USGS Middle Rio Grande Basin Study?
  • What is the Santa Fe Group aquifer system?
  • What kinds of scientific information were collected?
  • What is the ground-water-flow model of the basin?
  • What are the key points regarding water resources in the basin?
  • Additional information
  • References cited

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Ground-water resources of the Middle Rio Grande Basin
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 088-02
DOI 10.3133/fs08802
Year Published 2002
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) New Mexico Water Science Center
Description 6 p.
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