Peggy S. Johnson
New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
Phone: (575) 835-5819
Fax: (575) 835-6333
Peggy Johnson has over twelve years of consultant and research experience in ground-water hydrology and related fields. Her diverse background includes practical research and field studies in basin hydrogeology, karst hydrology, surface-water and ground-water resource assessments, isotope hydrology, hydrogeochemistry, and aquifer delineation.
Peggy specializes in integrating geology with hydrologic, geochemical and stable isotope data in studies of ground-water availability, recharge, geologic controls of ground-water flow, and ground-water surface-water interactions. Her projects are designed to gather and assess hydrologic and geochemical data in a geologic framework using field GPS, database, and GIS. Results of one such study on the hydrogeology and water resources of the Placitas area of north-central New Mexico provide the scientific framework for the area's regional water planning.
Previous consulting projects include: management of a vadose zone remedial investigation/feasibility study (RI/FS) for the Tucson International Airport superfund site (Arizona, 1991-1995), technical management of environmental litigation issues at the Tucson International Airport (Arizona, 1991-1995), RI/FS site characterization of the El Molino mill and Terrero mine (New Mexico, 1995), characterization of hydrogeology for RCRA facility investigation of two operable units at Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico, 1991-1994), blue-ribbon panel review of hydrogeologic data needs for the environmental restoration program at Los Alamos National Laboratory (New Mexico, 1991-1993), evaluation of regional recharge in the Cadiz Basin using natural ground-water tracers (California, 1991-1992), geochemical vadose zone tracer test at the Great Sand Dunes National Monument (Colorado, 1991), and a ground-water quality assessment in the Estancia Basin (New Mexico, 1990). Peggy's goal at the NMBG&MR is to advance our knowledge of New Mexico's limited ground-water resources through practical field research.
- 1996-present: Hydrogeologist, NMBG&MR
- 1989-1995: Consultant in hydrogeology, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates, Inc., Albuquerque, NM
- 1987-1989: Hydrology Research Assistant, New Mexico Tech
- 1987: Junior Hydrogeologist, Morrison-Knudsen Engineers, Inc., Boise, ID
Research and Professional Interests
- Integrated basin hydrogeology and hydrogeochemistry
- Basin analysis and aquifer delineation
- Mountain-front recharge
- Isotope hydrology
- Water-resource planning and policy
- Paleohydrology and climate variability
Current Projects (January 2002)
Placitas, New Mexico
- Hydrogeology and water management planning for the Placitas development area
Taos County, New Mexico
- Water-resource assessment for Picuris Pueblo
Socorro County, New Mexico
- Flow conditions and seepage on the Rio Grande and adjacent channels, Isleta to San Marcial
- Ground-water and surface-water interactions along the Rio Grande in the Socorro and southern Albuquerque basins
Public Education, Service, and Outreach
- Coordinator and guidebook editor, first annual New Mexico Decision-Makers Earth Science Field Conference, May 2001
- Field trip coordinator and invited presenter, Interim Committee on Water & Natural Resources, October 10-12, 2001, Socorro, NM
- Background report author, 28th New Mexico First Townhall, New Mexico's Water Resources, May 2002, Socorro, NM
Current Grants and Contracts (2001-2002)
- 2001-2003 Pueblo of Picuris Environment Department, Existing Data and Hydrogeologic Assessment
- 2001 New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, Middle Rio Grande Seepage Studies, Summer Intern Program
Graduate Student Committees
- 2001-2002 Amy John, Master of Science Teaching, Research Internship Program
- 1999 William J. LeFevre, Master of Science in Geochemistry, New Mexico Tech -- Geochemical Characterization of Geologically Complex Mountain Front Aquifers: Placitas, New Mexico
Professional Societies and Service
- Albuquerque Geological Society: Co-leader AGS field trip to northern Albuquerque Basin and Placitas, May 22, 1999
- American Water Resources Association (1996 to present): Moderator 2001 Annual Water Resources Conference, Albuquerque, NM
- Geological Society of America (1991 to present)
- New Mexico Geological Society (1995 to present): Session Chair in Hydrogeology, 1998 Spring Meeting; Co-leader of Day 1 field trip, Placitas and Hagan Basin, 1999 Fall Field Conference; Session Chair in (1) Pennsylvanian and Permian Stratigraphy and Tectonics and (2) Hydrogeology and Geomorphology, 2000 Spring Meeting
Honors and Awards
- 1973 Washington Society of Professional Engineers undergraduate scholarship
- 1987 Idaho Association of Professional Geologists Student of the Year (Boise State University)
- 1988 Women's Auxiliary to the American Institute of Mining Engineers (WAAIME) scholarship for graduate support
- 2000 Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center Group Achievement Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions toward Astronaut Candidate training in earth science
Click to see complete bibliography
and selected abstracts
Johnson, Peggy (editor), 2001, Water, Watersheds, and Land Use in New Mexico - Impacts of Population Growth on Natural Resources: New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Decision-Makers Field Guide No. 1, Santa Fe Region 2001, 160 pp.
Johnson, Peggy, 2001, The Challenge of Sustainable Ground-Water Development: New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Decision-Makers Field Guide No. 1, Water, Watersheds, and Land Use in New Mexico - Impacts of Population Growth on Natural Resources, Santa Fe Region 2001, p. 147-149.
Johnson, Peggy, 2001, Geologic Limitations on Ground-Water Availability in the Placitas Area, Sandoval County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Decision-Makers Field Guide No. 1, Water, Watersheds, and Land Use in New Mexico - Impacts of Population Growth on Natural Resources, Santa Fe Region 2001, p. 144-146.
Scurlock, Dan and Johnson, Peggy S., 2001, Hydrologic History of the Middle Rio Grande Basin: New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Decision-Makers Field Guide No. 1, Water, Watersheds, and Land Use in New Mexico - Impacts of Population Growth on Natural Resources, Santa Fe Region 2001, p. 103-105.
Johnson, Peggy, 2001, Water in the Desert: New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources, New Mexico Earth Matters, vol. 1, no. 1, January, 2001.
Johnson, P.S., LeFevre, W.F. and Campbell, A.R., in revision, Hydrogeology and water-resources of the Placitas area, Sandoval County, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Bulletin 161. (ABSTRACT)
AbstractsJohnson, Peggy S., 2001, Geologic Limitations on Ground-Water Availability in New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, Proceedings Volume 2001 Annual Spring Meeting, New Mexico Geology, v. 23, no. 2, p. 51.
FAMILY AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
In her spare time, Peggy enjoys riding Arabians for pleasure and competitive endurance sport and gardening with her husband, Paul Bauer, on their small farm along the Rio Grande.