8th Annual Española Basin Workshop: Tuesday, March 3, 2009
The Link between Science and Water Policy
Jemez Room, Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Galisteo Basin Fieldtrip: Wednesday, March 4th, 2009


DAY 1: Tuesday, March 3, 2009

7:30-8:30 a.m. Registration
Pick up badges, programs and sign in; poster set up and viewing

8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Who is EBTAG (Española Basin Technical Advisory Group) and why the Española Basin workshops?
Claudia Borchert, EBTAG Chair

8:45-9:45 Case Study 1: How Domestic Wells Impact the Water Resources of the Española Basin
  • A hydrogeologic perspective: Jack Frost, Hydrologist, NM Office of State Engineer
  • A legal perspective: Marcos Martinez, Assistant City Attorney, City of Santa Fe
  • A policy perspective: Arianne Singer, Managing Attorney for the Northern Adjudication Bureau, Litigation and Adjudication Program, NM Office of State Engineer

9:45-10:00 Coffee Break

10:00-11:00 Case Study 2: Oil and Gas Drilling in the Española Basin area (Galisteo and Rio Arriba)
  • A hydrogeologic perspective: Alvis Lisenbee, PhD, Department of Geology and Geological Engineer, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • A policy perspective: Karen Torres, Santa Fe County Hydrologist and Lorenzo Valdez, Rio Arriba County Manager
  • A regulatory perspective: Glenn Von Gonten, Senior Hydrologist, Oil Conservation Division, New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department

11:00-12:00 Case Study 3: City of Española Water Supply Dilemma
  • A geologic perspective: Dan Koning, New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
  • A hydrogeologic perspective: Stephanie Moore/Bob Gray, Daniel B. Stephens & Associates
  • An options perspective: Robert Fowlie, PE, Principal, CDM and John Hernandez, Hernandez Consulting
  • A policy perspective: Veronica Albin, City Manager, City of Española

12:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch Break (food available for purchase at the cafeteria next door)

1:30-2:30 Collaborative three-dimensional conceptualization and visualization of the Española Basin
  • 3-D Basin Model from Geophysics: Tien Grauch, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Southern Española Basin: Mike Pantea, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Pajarito Plateau model: Greg Cole, Los Alamos National Laboratory
  • On the Relation between Geologic and Hydrologic Units - Four Examples: Paul Davis, Environlogic, Inc.

2:30-4:30 Poster Session (North Jemez Room)
[Invited and Volunteered Posters. Abstract deadline Feb. 13, 2009]

DAY 2: Wednesday, March 4, 2009


8:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Theme: Geology of Galisteo Basin Aquifers

Field Trip Leaders: Alvis Lisenbee, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, and Karen Torres, Santa Fe County Hydrologist

Meeting Place & Time: Allsups gas station South of I-25 and Hwy 599. MEET at 8:30 a.m. to consolidate participants into fewer vechicles.

Maximum Number of People: 50

Logistical Notes: No food or beverages will be provided. Most stops will be next to paved roads but parking will be limited. Wear clothing appropriate for being outside!

Description: The trip will constitute a hands-on look at the strata which comprise most aquifers (poor ones generally) for the area. Varying portions of them would be penetrated by the proposed oil tests in the Galisteo Basin.

Field Trip Route: The route will follow Los Cerrillos Road from Santa Fe to near Cerrillos.
Stops will examine outcrops near Rio Galisteo east of Cerrillos, such as:

  1. Diamond Tail Formation -- mudstone and coarse-grained channel sandstone
  2. Galisteo Formation (Lower) -- red mudstone and sandstone and conglomerate channels
  3. Galisteo Formation (Upper) -- massive sandstone (eolian?)
  4. Espinaso Volcanics -- basal lajars and tuffs

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