Publication ID: 9558
Title: Water Rights Administration for Aquifer Replenishment Projects in New Mexico.
Abstract: Two of the largest cities in New Mexico, Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, are located in the Middle Rio Grande (MRG) Basin where water supplies are considered to be fully appropriated. Local water providers have consistently identified managed aquifer recharge (MAR) and aquifer storage and recovery (ASR) as important tools to provide conjunctive management of surface-water, groundwater, and reclaimed water sources in order to extend the useful life of existing water sources. However, MAR and ASR projects have been slow to take root partly due to rigorous demonstration requirements, groundwater quality protection concerns, and ongoing water right uncertainties.
This talk discusses permitting aspects of MAR and ASR projects as they relate to water rights administration in the MRG Basin and through extension other locations in New Mexico where stream-connected aquifer systems occur.
Citation: Marley, Robert, Blandford, N., 2014. Water Rights Administration for Aquifer Replenishment Projects in New Mexico. NGWA Conference on Hydrology and Water Scarcity in the Rio Grande Basin. Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Groups: Water Infrastructure, Water Resources, Water Quality Investigations, Water Resources Planning