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Laila Sturgis

 Laila Sturgis
Aquifer Mapping Program Manager
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

Laila Sturgis is a hydrogeologist with more than 15 years of consulting experience in water resource management and joined the Bureau of Geology in 2019 as manager of the Aquifer Mapping Program. Laila's focus has been on water planning and water rights, with the majority of her projects serving Native American populations in New Mexico. Recent key projects include: facilitating New Mexico State Regional Water Planning meetings for the Lower Pecos and the Lower and Middle Rio Grande regions, Navajo Nation litigation support in the adjudication of the Little Colorado River, regional water planning for the Navajo Nation, water resource inventories for the Santa Clara Pueblo, and water and wastewater infrastructure development for the Alamo Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

(See Curriculum Vitae)


New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM: Master of Science, Hydrology, 2003

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM: Bachelor of Science, Geology with Environmental Geology Option, 2000


New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources - Sept. 2019 to present. Aquifer Mapping Program Manager/Hydrogeologist

Wood Environment and Infrastructure (formerly Amec) - 2013-2019. Senior I Hydrogeologist

InterAct PMTI - 2012-2013. Regulatory Specialist

Amec Environment and Infrastructure (formerly Hydrosphere)- 2010-2012. Staff Hydrogeologist

Hydrosphere - 2003-2009. Staff Hydrogeologist

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology - 1998-2003. Soils Lab Assistant and Graduate Research Assistant

United States Geological Survey - 1996-1997. Field Technician


Water Resource Management

Regional Water Planning

Project Management

Meeting Facilitation

Water Rights Development, Transfer and Litigation

Regulatory Permitting