Shomaker, John W.

Author Description

John W. Shomaker, Ph.D., is President and a Principal Hydrogeologist of John Shomaker & Associates, Inc., in Albuquerque, NM. He has more than 50 years of professional experience in geological and hydrogeological studies in New Mexico and surrounding states. John holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in geology from the University of New Mexico (1963, 1965), an M.A. in the liberal arts from St. John’s College in Santa Fe (1984), and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in hydrogeology from the University of Birmingham, England (1985, 1995). He worked as a hydrologist for the US Geological Survey (1965-1969), and as a geologist for the (then) New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources (1969-1973), before starting the consulting firm in 1973. Shomaker & Associates specializes in ground-water data collection and sampling, ground-water flow modeling, drilling technology and field supervision of well-drilling projects, water supply planning and water-rights issues. Dr. Shomaker has provided sworn testimony in 34 New Mexico State Engineer water-rights hearings, and in administrative hearings before the New Mexico Environment Department and Water Quality Control Commission, Oil Conservation Division, Mining and Minerals Division, and Interstate Stream Commission. He has testified in water matters before New Mexico State District Courts, and in interstate litigation before a US Supreme Court Special Master, and before county commissions and committees of the New Mexico Legislature.

Authored Reports

New Mexico Water Markets: Buying, Selling and Leasing Water Rights,New Mexico’s Interstate Aquifers: Are They in Danger of Depletion?