Application of a ground-water flow model to the Mesilla Basin, New Mexico and Texas
AuthorHamilton, Susan Lynne, 1964-
AdvisorMaddock, Thomas, III
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractResolution of litigation between El Paso, Texas, and New Mexico over the water resources of the Mesilla Basin prompted a ground-water modeling study to address the common concerns of both parties. Participants requested development of a model which eventually could be used to simulate the ground-water and surface-water system's response to lining a portion of the canal system and to changes in pumping stresses within the Mesilla Basin. An existing U.S. Geological Survey ground-water flow simulation (Frenzel and Kaehler, 1990; Frenzel, 1992) was updated and revised through modification and incorporation of a new Streamflow-Routing (Prudic, 1989) package for use with MODFLOW (a three-dimensional finite-difference groundwater flow model; McDonald and Harbaugh, 1988). The modified Streamflow-Routing package was used to simulate the complex Mesilla Valley river, canal, and drain system. Updating also included incorporation of information on pumping stresses; canal, river, and drain parameters; Mesilla Valley boundary fluxes; and stream/aquifer interactions.