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 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.
- 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.