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Escondida Drain Rehabilitation Environmental Assessment

Escondida Drain is located approximately five miles northeast of Socorro, New Mexico on the east side of the Rio Grande, near Pueblitos, New Mexico, in Socorro County. During the summer of 2006, record rainfall within the Escondida Drain area caused flood damage to the drain and adjacent arroyos. The drain has become overgrown and the outfall has become plugged from sediment. Because of the lack of maintenance, the drain presently does not function as designed. Maintenance is needed to overcome these current problems within the system. The Bureau of Reclamation, in cooperation with the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC), periodically maintains riverside drains outside the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) to facilitate water delivery. This work is authorized under the Middle Rio Grande Project approved by the Flood Control Act of June 30, 1948 (Public Law 858, 80th Cong., 2d sess.). Completion of the approved plan was authorized by the Flood Control Act of May 17, 1950 (Public Law 516, 81st Cong., 2d sess.).

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Last updated: October 9, 2008