Research — Geologic Mapping
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Hydrogeology of the Placitas Area
The characterization of the Placitas area hydrology in the late-1990s was an important step for water resource planning and development. Local water levels were declining due to increased population and demand on groundwater supplies, with drought conditions in the mid-1990s. The Bureau of Geology initiated a study in 1997 to characterize the availability and quality of groundwater and surface water resources in the Placitas area. Findings were interpreted with detailed geologic maps and cross sections that supported a hydrogeologic conceptual model of groundwater flow and occurrence. The study was completed in 2002 and has been incorporated into the Placitas Area Development Plan by Sandoval County.