New Mexico Texas Water Commission Update for Good Neighbor Environmental Board June 5 2002 Bobby Creel & John Burkstaller New Mexico Water Resources Institute.
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New Mexico Texas Water Commission Update for Good Neighbor Environmental Board June 5 2002 Bobby Creel & John Burkstaller New Mexico Water Resources Institute / El Paso Water Utilities
History Formed as a means to settle ongoing legal battles over importing NM groundwater to El Paso Agreement signed in 1991 by Elephant Butte Irrigation District, New Mexico State University and El Paso Water Utilities University of Texas at El Paso, City of Las Cruces, Dona Ana County and El Paso County Water Improvement District #1 invited to participate Mission was to study surface municipal/industrial water supply development alternatives for the region
Population of the Dona Ana County/El Paso/Juarez Region is Dramatically Increasing Year 0 1,000,000 2,000,000 3,000,000 4,000,000 19101930195019701990201020302040 Cd. Juarez City of El Paso Dona Ana County Total
Hueco Bolson Withdrawals and Recharge (1999, in acre-feet) Hueco Bolson Withdrawals and Recharge (1999, in acre-feet) Hueco Mts. City of El Paso (EPWU) 51,127 Fort Bliss 4,713 Chaparral, NM private wells 1,075 (est.) City of Juárez 121,593 Natural Recharge 5,640 (est.) Fred Hervey Plant 1,762 industrial & public supplies, Texas 13,000 (est.) brackish water Total Pumpage - 191,508 Total Recharge - 7,402 1999 Deficit - 184,106 fresh water Previous Deficits 1998 : 181,610 1997: 172,660 Franklin Mts.
Continued trends would exhaust the fresh ground water in the Hueco by 2025 199020002010202020302040 0 50 100 150 200 250 300 350 Demand Year Supply - 1000 AF/YR Mesilla Basin Rio Grande Hueco Basin Shortage
Alternative D Leasburg Dam SIERRA COUNTY DONA ANA COUNTY ~ CIUDAD JUAREZ MEXICO U.S.A. American Dam Upper Valley WTP (80 MGD) and Diversion Structure Mesilla Dam Canal WTP (40 MGD) J. Rogers WTP (80 MGD) EL PASO 40 MGD to NW El Paso Anthony WTP (16 MGD) and Diversion Structure El Paso Aqueduct 40 MGD to NE El Paso Caballo Dam Caballo Lake TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES Elephant Butte Dam Elephant Butte Lake ASR Rio Grande Percha Dam HATCH Hatch WTP (4.5 MGD ) and Diversion Structure Las Cruces WTP (50 MGD ) and Diversion Structure LAS CRUCES International Dam 60,000 Acre-Ft/Yr River Conveyance with Anthony and Upper Valley Plants Del Rio Drain Newmexus, West & Montoya Drains East Drain Rincon Drain Hatch Drain Garfield Drain
Recent History Record of Decision for Environmental Impact Statement issued February 2001 Paso Del Norte Watershed Council established as vehicle for planning and monitoring effectiveness of environmental enhancements –Plant projects delayed by lack of immediate need and/or acquisition of rights to use project water –Council starting to function as local watershed management agency –Hired a staff coordinator –Starting a centralized quantity/quality GIS database including real time data
Recent History (continued) BECC Funded Tri-Regional Plan attempting to address opportunities for joint water resource solutions with Mexico Concurrent Formation of Hewlett Foundation funded Paso Del Norte Task Force which includes Mexico Attempt to Coordinate Missions
Paso del Norte Water Task Force: Majority of the maps available for water planning in the Paso del Norte region whether produced by the US or Mexico, have the typical “blank” region on the other side of the border. This is also true for maps of Texas and New Mexico. In most cases the information is available, but the basic layers are at different spatial scale, resolution, and extent.
Project: Regional Geographic Information System to Support Water Planning in the Paso del Norte Region Grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Project period June 1, 2001 – May 31, 2002. Cooperation of GIS professionals at three universities in the region. John Kennedy - GIS Coordinator, Water Resources Research Institute, New Mexico State University. Raed Aldouri - GIS Coordinator, Pan- American Center for Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso. Alfredo Granados Olivas - Professor of Hydrology and GIS Coordinator, Centro de Información Geográfica, Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez.
The purpose of project is to develop a regional geographic information system (GIS) to support regional water planning in the Paso del Norte region. Deliverables from the project: Acquire digital data useful to water planning activities and combine into a seamless map. The information would be provided jointly by the participating entities from Internet websites as well as CDROM. Digital GIS layers of framework basemap data themes. Other themes useful for water planning would be incorporated.
Report & Data Download at: http://wrri.nmsu.edu New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute New Mexico State University Box 30001, MSC 3167 Las Cruces, NM 88003 Phone: 505-646-4337