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Water Rights Division

Declared Groundwater Basins

A declared groundwater basin is an area of the state proclaimed by the State Engineer to be underlying by a groundwater source having reasonably ascertainable boundaries. By such proclamation the State Engineer assumes jurisdiction over the appropriation and use of groundwater from the source.

This dataset is to be used as a guide for where the actual boundaries exist. Please refer to the Rules and Regulations Governing the Appropriation and Use of Groundwater in New Mexico for boundary location.

Article 7 - Declared Underground Water Basins

Special Orders Declaring and Extending Underground Water Basins

Declared Groundwater Basins Maps

Declared Underground Water Basins in New Mexico

Declared Underground Water Basins in NM with Township and Range Lines

Maps of the Declared and Extended Underground Water Basins