Water Resources Field Methods Reports



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The complexity of sustainable development and the complexities within New Mexico make it impossible to examine all aspects of the issue within this collection of student papers. The six case studies that follow do show the complexity of the issues. Two papers deal with the urban water supplies for Los Alamos (Chapter 1) and Santa Fe (Chapter 5). For the immediate future both cities can supply their needs but both will have to seek new sources in the long term. The surrounding traditional communities may chose to sell their water rights in order to satisfy this demand. Two papers are about watershed management. The Spring Creek watershed (Chapter 3) will be logged, and the impacts of the logging are examined. Because locals will do the logging, the economic benefits will go to a traditional community. In La Cañada watershed (Chapter 4) overgrazing has caused significant erosion and recommendations are made on how to correct this problem. The Cochiti Dam paper (Chapter 2) deals directly with the equities involved in constructing dams and the impacts they have on traditional communities. The paper on wastewater treatment in Albuquerque's North Valley (chapter 6) examines alternatives to traditional treatment methods.



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Sustainable water resources, Wastewater treatment, Northern New Mexico


The case studies were prepared by graduate students in the summer 1998 capstone course of the Master of Water Resources degree, Water Resources Program, at the University of New Mexico. The instructors were Drs. Michael E. Campana, O. Paul Matthews, and Clifford N. Dahm.

Case Studies of Sustainable Water Resources Development, Rio Grande Basin, New Mexico