The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is launching two new groundwater basin studies, one in Arizona and the other in New Mexico. The Rio Grande Basin study in New Mexico and Eloy/Maricopa-Stanfield Basin study in Arizona will help water managers with long-range planning for water demand in their respective basins.
The Basin Study is a part of the Department of Interior’s WaterSMART program. The study will aim to update existing supply and demand models, while encouraging diverse stakeholder engagement. The Bureau hopes that a collaborative planning approach will help develop strategies to better manage groundwater supplies. The Bureau of Reclamation and non-federal parties involved with the study will each contribute $680,000 for a total study cost of $1.36 million.[I]
“Growing imbalances between supply and demand are impacting many basins throughout the West,” said the Bureau’s Acting Commissioner Alan Mikkelsen in a report by PRWeb. “Through collaboration and using the latest science and data we can develop solutions that will ensure a sustainable water supply.”[II]
Both basins within the study have considerable risk of being over drafted in the years to come. The Rio Grande Basin study will focus on the Middle Rio Grande from the Colorado-New Mexico border to Elephant Butte Reservoir. Since 1907, the basin has been fully allocated. Regulators are concerned that future conditions, such as development, will result in decreased water supply.[III]
The Eloy and Maricopa-Stanfield basin study will focus primarily focus on areas between Phoenix and Tucson. Currently, the groundwater within the study area is being over-drafted by nearly 230,000 acre-feet per year. As a result, land subsidence has plagued the area, putting critical social infrastructure at risk.[IV]
To learn more about the Basin Study Program, please click here.
[I] PRWEB. Bureau of Reclamation Launches New Basin Studies in New Mexico and Arizona, August 30, 2017. Web. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14649319.htm
[II] PRWEB. Bureau of Reclamation Launches New Basin Studies in New Mexico and Arizona. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14649319.htm
[III] PRWEB. Bureau of Reclamation Launches New Basin Studies in New Mexico and Arizona. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14649319.htm
[IV] PRWEB. Bureau of Reclamation Launches New Basin Studies in New Mexico and Arizona. http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/09/prweb14649319.htm
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