water availability

Using geologic maps to find groundwater in New Mexico

Defining the Problem

The population of the historic village of Placitas, New Mexico, in the picturesque and geologically complex Sandia foothills north of Albuquerque, has tripled since 1970. Increased domestic well development, combined with persistent droughts, have culminated in dry and depleted wells (Fig. 1), reduced discharge from perennial springs, reduced property values, and a growing awareness of the potential for aquifer depletion.

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