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Bureau secures USGS grant to help fund Groundwater Monitoring Network New Mexico
March 20, 2020

The Bureau of Geology received a grant from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to continue providing data to the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network. This is the fourth year the Bureau has received this award.

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Courtesy of Ron Broadhead
Bureau/NMT receive grant to study Permian Basin seismicity Permian Basin, NM
March 12, 2020

The Bureau of Geology in partnership with faculty at New Mexico Tech and the University of Alaska Fairbanks received a grant from the Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI) at New Mexico State University (NMSU) to study induced seismicity in the Permian Basin likely related to injection of produced waters.

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NM Political Report highlights Water Data Act New Mexico
March 4, 2020

The Bureau of Geology’s role in monitoring the decline of the Ogallala aquifer in eastern New Mexico is the subject of an NM Political Report article by Kendra Chamberlain. The aquifer's decline serves as an example of the value of the Water Data Act.

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Water Data Act Platform Up and Running New Mexico
February 4, 2020

New Mexico’s water-related state agencies have been working hard to step up and build new connections for the Water Data Act (HB 651). We have re-defined collaboration in New Mexico - with leadership from Stacy Timmons at the Bureau of Geology, the Directing Agencies include the Interstate Stream Commission, Office of the State Engineer, New Mexico Environment Department, and Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department, and with support from Duke University’s Internet of Water, Sandia National Labs, and the University of New Mexico’s Earth Data Analysis Center. Through agency-to-agency collaborations, we have been working to create a state data service using an open source platform. According to legislation, these Directing Agencies were asked to set up a data platform by January 1, 2020 – AND WE DID.

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Dr. Peggy Barroll and Nathan Myers receive 2020 Earth Science Achievement Awards Santa Fe, NM
February 4, 2020

On February 3rd, 2020 Earth Science Achievement Awards were presented to Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Barroll, for an outstanding career in public service in the Hydrology Bureau of the Office of the State Engineer, and to Nathan C. Myers, for an outstanding career of scientific research with the United States Geological Survey (USGS). These awards were sponsored jointly by the NM Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) and the NM Energy, Minerals, & Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).

“In this 17th year of presenting the Earth Science Achievement Awards, I am deeply grateful for the dedicated effort put towards research and public policy by our current and past award winners” said New Mexico Bureau of Geology Director Dr. Nelia Dunbar. “It’s a privilege for me to be able to honor the excellent scientists and policy makers who support the well-being of our state.”

“EMNRD is pleased to reengage in this award that elevates important work in the earth sciences,” said EMNRD Deputy Secretary Todd Leahy. “It was an honor to recognize two public servants today who have dedicated so much of their careers to the people of New Mexico.”