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Each river is very different and the uses of the river reflect this difference. The Gila River

has a short reach through New Mexico and is mostly within federal lands. Its consumptive uses

are mostly agricultural. The Rio Grande, one of our most important water resources, has a reach

of the entire north/south length of the state. Its uses are diversified and extensive.

A few general observations can be made from these statistics. The majority use of both

surface and ground water in all basins is agriculture, Table 6.

Table 6: Percent Consumptive Use of water

by Agriculture in

Basin

each Basin Surface

Groundwater

Total

San Juan

68.0%

0.0%

67.3%

Rio Grande

53.2%

56.0%

54.2%

Pecos

69.2%

85.7%

80.1%

Gila

95.1%

58.2%

66.2%

Canadian

48.2%

94.7%

65.6%

All Basins

58.0%

71.6%

63.3%

Other sectors rely mostly on groundwater. Table 7 indicates the ratio of groundwater

consumptive use to total use by individual sectors in the economy.

San Juan

Grande

Pecos

Gila

Canadian

5%

95%

94%

100%

59%

Sector

Public

Table 7: Ratio of Groundwater Consumptive use to total use by sector Rio

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