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Open-file Report - 605
Mapping Suitability for Managed Aquifer Recharge in the Albuquerque Basin

Daniel J. Koning, Colin T. Cikoski, Alex J. Rinehart, and Andy P. Jochems



The suitability for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) in the eastern Albuquerque metropolitan area was mapped using weighted overlay analyses. The study area extends from the Rio Grande eastward to the Sandia Mountains and from Sandia Pueblo southward to ~1 mi (~2 km) south of Tijeras Arroyo. This area is under the jurisdiction of the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA), which will likely be the main user of this work.

We produced two maps for MAR suitability, each with a grid cell resolution of 100 x 100 m: one showing the suitability for deep-injection recharge (i.e., pumping water directly into the saturated zone) and the other for shallow recharge (by infiltration or vadose- zone injection). These maps depict three color-coded suitability bins—low suitability, moderate suitability, and high suitability—as well as exclusionary zones. A third map predicts the susceptibility of different areas to soil hydrocompaction, a potential adverse consequence of infiltrating surface water into certain types of previously unsaturated soils.

This report includes map plates showing results of analyses as well as GIS data for the plates. Appendices also provide source data and analyses steps (see below).


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File Name Size Last Modified
ABQMAR-Potential_FactSheet.pdf 2.13 MB 02/02/2021 11:41:58 AM
OFR-605_ABQMAR_report.pdf 11.03 MB 02/02/2021 11:42:03 AM 282.58 MB 02/02/2021 12:02:36 PM
Appendices: 69.61 MB 02/02/2021 11:55:09 AM
Appendix 01 WellData ABQMetroArea GM78:
Appendix_01_WellData_ABQMetroArea_GM78.xlsx 88 KB 08/23/2019 05:37:47 PM
Appendix 02 CompiledHydraulicDataFromPumpTests:
Appendix_02_CompiledHydraulicDataFromPumpTests.xlsx 32 KB 08/20/2019 06:47:19 PM
Appendix 03 StructuralContourMaps:
Appendix_03_StructuralContours.pdf 23.17 MB 02/02/2021 11:43:14 AM 24.85 MB 02/02/2021 11:45:45 AM
Appendix 04 GeologicModel: 1.23 MB 08/22/2019 03:17:06 PM
Appendix 05 WellWirelineAnalyses:
Appendix_05_WellPicks_FineVsCoarseStrata_v8.xlsx 258 KB 06/24/2019 02:55:34 PM
Appendix 06 GISData PythonScripts:
ABCWUA_RunningEachScript.docx 16 KB 04/29/2019 05:00:36 PM 19.91 MB 08/22/2019 03:19:28 PM
GISDataStructureSummary.xlsx 34 KB 04/30/2019 07:55:18 AM
Appendix 07 GeologicUnitSusceptibilityForHydrocompaction:
Appendix_07_geologicunittosusceptibility.xlsx 61 KB 05/10/2019 04:39:17 PM
Appendix 08 GeodatabaseAndScriptsForHydrocompactionAnalyses: 1.07 MB 10/08/2019 09:24:10 AM
finalmetadata.txt 3 KB 05/08/2019 06:13:40 PM
inputmetadata.txt 3 KB 05/08/2019 06:12:22 PM
metadata.xml 3 KB 05/08/2019 06:22:34 PM
Plates: 202.15 MB 02/02/2021 11:54:01 AM
MPK: 160.45 MB 10/04/2019 11:36:07 AM
PDF: 41.70 MB 02/02/2021 11:51:52 AM
Plate_01_DeepInjectionSuitability_Plot_v4.pdf 12.46 MB 02/02/2021 11:47:47 AM
Plate_02_ShallowRechargeSuitability_Plot_v4.pdf 10.91 MB 02/02/2021 11:48:28 AM
Plate_03_TotalHydrocompactionSusceptibility.pdf 6.19 MB 02/02/2021 11:49:34 AM
Plate_04_TotalHydrocompactionNumberLayers.pdf 21.72 MB 02/02/2021 11:51:02 AM

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