Expediting the Evaluation of Water-Rights Applications in the Mimbres Basin, NM

by K. A. Stevens, New Mexico State Univ, United States,
A. W. Blair, New Mexico State Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage


More than eighty percent of all ground water used in New Mexico is used for agriculture. The allocation of ground water in the state is the responsibility of the State Engineer. For the Mimbres Ground Water Basin, a mined basin in southwest New Mexico, a two-dimensional finite difference hydrologic model is used in conjunction with a set of criteria to determine whether new appropriations are reasonable. This procedure was computerized using a geographic information system which linked the 2-D model to a database containing hydrogeologic data.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Water resources | Two-dimensional models | Water rights | Mathematical models | Information systems | Groundwater | New Mexico | United States

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