Los Alamos National Laboratory

Los Alamos National Laboratory

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Water Quality

We protect water quality through stormwater control measures and an extensive network of monitoring wells and stations encompassing groundwater, surface water, storm water and springs.
April 30, 2018
Quarterly Groundwater monitoring attended by LANL managers and the Northern New Mexico Citizens Advisory Board

The Laboratory protects northern New Mexico water quality through monitoring and controls.

Contact  

  • Environmental Communication & Public Involvement
  • P.O. Box 1663 MS K491
  • Los Alamos, NM 87545
  • (505) 667-3792
  • Email
LANL has several programs to ensure storm water runoff and stream sediment into canyons will not harm the environment.

Why we monitor water

The Laboratory monitors and controls the quality of surface water, including storm water and stream sediment on Laboratory property and elsewhere in Northern New Mexico to evaluate the potential environmental effects of Laboratory operations on affected watersheds.

Monitoring programs

LANL has several programs to ensure storm water runoff and stream sediment into canyons will not harm the environment.

Surface Water

LANL collects surface water and sediment samples in canyons that cross current and former Laboratory lands, some short tributary drainages, and along the Rio Grande.

Additionally, surface water and sediment are sampled at several locations on lands that occasionally have storm water flows from the Laboratory.

Stormwater

Groundwater

The groundwater in Los Alamos is crucial to the community as it provides all of their drinking water. LANL routinely analyzes groundwater samples to monitor water quality and to identify contamination issues that could impact human health or harm the ecosystem.

Groundwater is monitored at various depths, thus enabling LANL to find contaminants and observe trends. Some wells sample more than one groundwater zone through separate screens.