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Multiyear Collaborative Project

Our goal is to make finding water data simple.

In 2019, New Mexico enacted the Water Data Act (NMSA 1978, § 72-4B) to identify, share and integrate key water data. The Water Data Initiative (WDI) is the project convened by the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR), involving state “directing agencies” including the Office of State Engineer (OSE), Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), Environment Department (NMED) and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD).


The legislation has launched a multiyear effort of communication and collaboration among these agencies and others collecting or managing water data for the state. Other key partners, including the Internet of Water, Sandia National Laboratories, and Earth Data Analysis Center, have been instrumental to our progress.

New Mexico Water Data :: Water Data Initiative

New Mexico Water Data Services

The Water Data services found through this website will provide users with access to water data, tools, and information of many types from New Mexico. These data can be used to support analysis and decision making by the public, technical users or researchers.

The goal is for users to be able to find, access, and use water data and related information, including water quantity, water quality, and water use. Water data topics include water quality, water quantity, water use, climate, energy, ecosystems & wildlife, natural hazards, water planning, and infrastructure.


Our Vision

New Mexicans will have accessible and useful data for water management and planning.

Our Goals

  • We will have easy access to key water datasets
  • We will have common water data standards and definitions
  • Data gaps will be identified and prioritized
  • Accessible water data will be useful, such as for decision making, research, public inquiry, management and planning


New Mexico enacted NM House Bill 651 in 2019 to share, integrate and improve the management of water data, including data on water quality, quantity and uses. New Mexico is the second state in the country to enact policy that directs integration of water data. To date, no other state has yet accomplished completely open and interoperable water data. This project will be a multi-year endeavor, as we illuminate New Mexico’s water data, particularly data critical to water management and water planning.


FAIR Data Principles

One of the grand challenges of data-intensive science is to facilitate knowledge discovery by assisting humans and machines in their discovery of, access to, integration and analysis of, task-appropriate scientific data and their associated algorithms and workflows. Follow this link to find out more about Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable data.


User-Centered Design

The User-centered design (UCD) process outlines the phases throughout a design and development life-cycle all while focusing on gaining a deep understanding of who will be using the product. New Mexico water data will be made accessible through a phased approach that considers UCD processes.


Western Water Use Case Repository

Need to understand how water data leads to decision-making? Let this Western Water Use Case Repository help guide your effort.


Use Case Development

A use case is a written description of how users will perform tasks on your website. It outlines, from a user’s point of view, a system’s behavior as it responds to a request. Each use case is represented as a sequence of simple steps, beginning with a user's goal and ending when that goal is fulfilled.

Our Water Data Partners

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
New Mexico EMNRD
New Mexico Environment Department
Office of the State Engineer :: Interstate Stream Commission
HEALY FOUNDATION primarily funds land and water projects