Partnership draws awareness to groundwater monitoring
April 26, 2018 07:23 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Driving a car without a fuel gauge would take away something very important: the ability to see how much is left so that you can plan ahead. That's the point of a new groundwater monitoring station at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science.
Stacy Timmons, the aquifer mapping manager at New Mexico Tech, said it's all about helping the public see how much is actually down there.
"Having good data and good visuals to help them understand it," Timmons said.
Just because underground water is out of sight, state Sen. Howie Morales said it should not be out of mind.
"Water is life," he said.
State Rep. Gail Armstrong said this is especially important for rural areas.
"And if that goes away and drops in rural New Mexico it's going to be detrimental to everyone out there," she said.
Conservation is key. Organizers hope this new display helps generate new water saving ideas.
"In my hometown of Silver City, with the installation of water meters – but going a step further and with leak detection is kind of an example the state can follow," Morales said.
That's why leaders here hope the next generation learns how to keep better track of groundwater for the entire state.
"We need to find some common ground and work together," Armstrong said.
Created: April 26, 2018 07:23 PM
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