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Project Data
Land Areas (1992)
Area Irrigated and Crop Value



Project # 455

Land Areas (1992)
Irrigable area:
Full Irrigation Service7,372 acres
Supplemental Service0 acres
Temporary Irrigation Service0 acres
Number of Irrigated Farms60
Residential, Commercial, Industrial Lands7 acres
Total Irrigable Lands7,379 acres


Population Served:
Farm Population Served150
Non-Farm Population Served350
Total Population Served500

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Area Irrigated and Crop Value
YearActual Area Irrigated (Acres)Crop Value (Dollars)

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Project Water Supply

Current Conditions


Vermejo River near Dawson, New Mexico (USGS)

Streamflow Forecast Map

Spring and Summer (NRCS)
Snowpack Information

Mountain Snowpack Maps for Colorado, Rio Grande, and Arkansas Rivers
Drought Index

Palmer Drought Index Map

Annual Precipitation

Normal16.80 in
Maximum - 196523.45 in
Minimum - 198310.74 in
Raton, New Mexico 1961-1990 


Mean Annual49.3 ?F
Daily Maximum - 06/26/199497 ?F
Daily Minimum - 01/12/1963-26 ?F
Raton, New Mexico 1953-1996 
Growing Season148 days
Elevation of irrigable area6,000 ft


Vermejo River
Drainage area at Vermejo Diversion Dam317 mi2
Annual discharge 


Chico Rico Creek
Drainage area at the Eagle Tail Diversion325 mi2
Annual discharge 

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Project Water Quality


Canadian Headwaters

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Facilities in Operation
Storage Dams13
Diversion Dams1
Canals25 mi
Laterals65 mi
Drains9 mi

1 Does not include Reservoirs 12 and 14, whose capacities are unknown.

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Storage Facilities


Diversion Facilities
Vermejo Diversion Dam
TypeConcrete slab and buttress weir, embankment wing.
LocationOn the Vermejo River, about 4 miles southeast of Dawson, New Mexico.
Year Completed1910. Reconstructed by Bureau of Reclamation in 1955.
Structural height17 ft
Hydraulic height5 ft
Weir crest length300 ft
Total crest length1,021 ft
Elevation6,182.9 ft
Volume4,400 yd3
Headworks:Concrete, four 3 ft by 4 ft and five 4 ft by 7 ft cast iron slide gates.
Diversion Capacity600 cfs

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Carriage Facilities
Vermejo Canal
LocationFrom the Vermejo River about 12 miles northwest of Maxwell, New Mexico, generally southeast about 5 miles to Stubblefield Reservoir, then northeast about 4 miles.
Construction periodPrivately constructed. Portions of canal enlarged and some new construction by Reclamation in 1954-1955.
Length9.5 mi
Diversion Capacity600 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width30 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth5.67 ft


Eagle Trail Canal
LocationFrom heading on Chico Rico Creek about 13 miles northeast of Maxwell, New Mexico, generally southwest to irrigated area.
Construction periodPrivately constructed. Rehabilitated by Reclamation in 1954-1955.
Length15.5 mi
Diversion Capacity300 cfs
Typical section in earth: 
Bottom width18 ft
Side slopes1.5:1
Water depth4.31 ft

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Last updated: May 18, 2009