Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)

Binational Publications

Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer (in English and Spanish)

This study uses new and existing research to define the general framework of the Binational San Pedro Aquifer to understand the current state of knowledge with respect to climate, geology, soils, land cover, land use, and hydrology of the aquifer in its binational context.

El objetivo general de este estudio es hacer uso de investigaciones nuevas y de las ya existentes para definir el marco hidrológico general del Acuífero Binacional San Pedro para identificar el estado actual del conocimiento con respecto al clima, geología, suelos, cobertura de suelo, uso de suelo e hidrología del acuífero en su contexto binacional.

Published: 2016

By the International Boundary and Water Commission

Press Release: Crossing Borders for a Secure Water Future: US-Mexico San Pedro River Aquifer Report

Data Release: San Pedro River Aquifer Data Release - Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP)

Story Map: TAAP - Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer

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Hydrogeological Activities in the Conejos-Medanos/Mesilla Basin Aquifer, Chihuahua, Phase I

This report's general objective is to update knowledge of the Conejos-Medanos's hydrogeological conditions, and to have necessary hydrogeologic data to determine average annual groundwater recharge, impact of intensive pumping, and variation in natural water quality.

Published: 2011

By the International Boundary and Water Commission, Environmental Reports

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U.S. Federal Publications

Findings and lessons learned from the assessment of the Mexico-United States transboundary San Pedro and Santa Cruz aquifers: The utility of social science in applied hydrologic research

Findings and lessons learned from the integration of social-science perspectives into a largely physical-science based program.

Published: 2018

By J.B. Callegary (USGS), S.B. Megdal (University of Arizona), E.M. Tapia Villaseñor (University of Arizona), J.D. Petersen-Perlman (University of Arizona), I. Minjárez Sosa (Universidad de Sonora), R. Monreal (Universidad de Sonora), F. Gray (USGS), F. Grijalva Noriega (Universidad de Sonora)

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Three-dimensional Hydrogeologic Framework Model of the Rio Grande Transboundary Region of New Mexico and Texas, USA, and Northern Chihuahua, Mexico

As part of a U.S. Geological Survey study in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation, a digital three-dimensional hydrogeologic framework model was constructed for the Rio Grande transboundary region of New Mexico and Texas, USA, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

Published: 2017

By Donald S. Sweetkind, USGS

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Geophysics- and Geochemistry-based Assessment of the Geochemical Characteristics and Groundwater-flow System of the U.S. part of the Mesilla Basin/Conejos-Médanos Aquifer System in Doña Ana County, New Mexico, and El Paso County, Texas, 2010–12

The U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Bureau of Reclamation assessed the groundwater resources in the Mesilla Basin and surrounding areas in Doña Ana County, N. Mex., and El Paso County, Tex.

Published: 2017

By Andrew P. Teeple, USGS

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State Water Resource Research Institute Publications

Transboundary aquifers between Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Texas, USA: Identification and categorization

The objective of this study is to identify and classify the transboundary hydrogeological units shared between Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas, Mexico, and Texas, and assess their potential transboundary linkages.

Published: 2018

By Rosario Sanchez (TAMU), Laura Rodriguez, Cecilia Tortajada

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The Transboundariness Approach and Prioritization of Transboundary Aquifers between Mexico and Texas

“Transboundariness” refers to a new approach that identifies and prioritizes transboundary aquifers using socio-economic and political criteria, improving their characterization by using other variables in addition to their mere physical boundaries. This approach is applied to the hydrogeological units/aquifers shared by Mexico and Texas.

Published: 2018

By Rosario Sanchez (TAMU), Laura Rodriguez, Cecilia Tortajada

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TAAP-A/S Bulletin on the Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer (in English and Spanish)

This is a summary brochure of the Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer. The Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program (TAAP) is a joint effort between Mexico and the United States to evaluate shared aquifers. The Binational Study of the Transboundary San Pedro Aquifer is a milestone output of this joint effort.

Este es un resumen del folleto de Estudio Binacional sobre el Acuífero Transfronterizo San Pedro. El Programa de Evaluación de Acuíferos Transfronterizos es un esfuerzo conjunto entre México y Estados Unidos para evaluar acuíferos compartidos. El Estudio Binacional sobre el Acuífero Transfronterizo San Pedro es uno de los logros principales de este esfuerzo conjunto.

Published: 2017

By the University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center

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The Cooperative Framework for the Transboundary Aquifer Assessment Program: A Model for Collaborative Transborder Studies

The successful ongoing collaboration confirms the value of the time spent at the front-end to develop the Cooperative Framework. The team was able to persevere despite uncertain and very limited funding and the challenges of working in different languages and across an international border.

Published: 2017

By Sharon Megdal, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center

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Climate Change Impact Assessment in the Upper Santa Cruz River Basin

Future projections of Upper Santa Cruz River Basin precipitation were analyzed to prepare time series data for use in a hydrologic impact assessment.

Published: 2017

By Eylon Shamir, University of Arizona Water Resources Research Center

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Aquifers Shared Between Mexico and the United States: Management Perspectives and Their Transboundary Nature

Management mechanisms, structures, and institutional prioritization related to transboundary aquifers shared between Mexico and the United States were identified.

Published: 2017

By Rosario Sanchez and Gabriel Eckstein

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The Importance of Institutional Asymmetries to the Development of Binational Aquifer Assessment Programs: The Arizona-Sonora Experience

This paper examines current binational efforts to develop the scientific information to support water management decision making along the United States-Mexico border. The particular focus is on transboundary aquifers along the border shared by the states of Arizona in the United States and Sonora in Mexico.

Published: 2011

By Sharon Megdal and Christoper Scott

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Related Research

Identifying and Characterizing Transboundary Aquifers Along the Mexico–U.S. Border: An Initial Assessment

There is a conceptual and institutional void regarding transboundary groundwater resources between Mexico and the United Statess. The purpose of this paper is to bridge this void and characterize transboundary aquifers on the Mexico–U.S. border.

Published: 2016

By Rosario Sanchez, Victoria Lopez, and Gabriel Eckstein

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