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Delegates from United States and Mexico Share Strategies for Collaboration on Groundwater Models of Mexico Valley

Released: 6/26/2013

Scientists and engineers from the US and Mexico recently met to discuss collaboration and finalization of an agreement on two projects that will allow for a greater understanding of groundwater use, movement, and management in two regions of Mexico. During the meeting, delegates discussed scientific methods and approaches that could be used to model regional land subsidence and canal flows in Mexico Valley and to manage aquifer recharge in the Sacramento Valley of Chihuahua. A deeper understanding of the groundwater in the two valleys, which are home to the metropolises of Mexico City and the city of Chihuahua, will help address significant water quality and water supply problems that have arisen in the regions due to urban growth and the over-pumping of groundwater.

The meeting was organized by California Water Science Center research hydrologist, Randall Hanson, who has been studying regional flow systems with the USGS for over 30 years. Additional delegates at the meeting included scientists from the California Water Science Center and engineers from Mexico City's Institute of Engineering at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) and the Department of Water and Sanitation of Chihuahua, Mexico. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for August in Mexico City as the two projects commence. For more information, contact the CAWSC Science Communication Group or Project Chief Randall Hanson, (619) 225-6139.

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