Are You Water Wise?
When you turn on your tap in New Mexico, how much do you know about where that water comes from? Select from the answers below to test your water I.Q. and reconnect with the water that sustains both human and natural communities in New Mexico.
Where does Santa Fe’s watershed originate?
Pecos Wilderness Area | Correct
The Santa Fe Watershed originates in the Pecos Wilderness Area and flows through the Santa Fe National Forest before being stored in two local reservoirs.
Gila National Forest | Incorrect
Cibola National Forest | Incorrect
San Juan National Forest (Colorado) | Incorrect
Lakes and rivers make up what percent of New Mexico’s total surface area?
25% | Incorrect
12% | Incorrect
3% | Incorrect
.002% | Correct
Lakes and rivers make up only .002% of the state's total surface area, the lowest water-to-land ratio of all 50 states.
What New Mexico river runs the entire length of the state?
Gila River | Incorrect
Pecos River | Incorrect
Rio Grande River | Correct
Rio Grande River
San Juan River | Incorrect
What is the average annual precipitation in Albuquerque?
15” | Incorrect
20” | Incorrect
3” | Incorrect
9” | Correct
Average annual precipitation ranges from 9” in Albuquerque to about 20” in the highest mountain elevations.