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Open-file Report - 569
A hydrogeologic investigtion of groundwater-fed springs and wetland at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

Peggy S. Johnson, Daniel J. Koning, and Stacy S. Timmons



La Cienega’s springs and wetlands are important hydrologic, ecologic and cultural resources, and provide many beneficial water-related functions. The wetlands discharge groundwater from regional and local aquifers that provide the sole water source for the southern Santa Fe region. We investigate the wetland system by examining the hydrologic interactions manifested in the wetland water balance. This investigation addresses all aspects of the wetland system, including:

  1. The links between geology, groundwater flow, and wetland location,
  2. Groundwater conditions surrounding the wetlands,
  3. Chemical, isotopic and age indicators of water sources for the wetlands,
  4. The effects of climate variability on streamflow and groundwater levels,
  5. Wetland evapotranspiration, and
  6. Groundwater depletion and water-level declines.

The various data are integrated into a physical, conceptual model of wetland hydrogeology, which can support and enhance wetland conservation plans. To be successful in their objectives, hydrologic models and wetland management plans must incorporate the hydrogeologic features that create and maintain the wetlands.


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Appendix 1-LC Continuous Water-level Monitoring.pdf 38.00 MB 03/02/2015 04:29:25 PM
Appendix 2-LC WL Data and Hydrographs.pdf 396 KB 03/02/2015 04:27:05 PM
Appendix 3-LC Streamflow SFeRiver.pdf 351 KB 03/02/2015 04:28:07 PM
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