Albuquerque Area Office

The Albuquerque Area Office is one of the largest in Reclamation reaching from the Alamosa area of southern Colorado through most of New Mexico and into west Texas. Staff here manage delivery of water on the Rio Grande, Rio Chama, Pecos, and Canadian rivers from the main office in Albuquerque and six field offices in Alamosa, Colorado; Alamogordo, Chama, Elephant Butte, and Socorro, New Mexico; and El Paso, Texas. This office is also responsible for overseeing the management of nine major dams with a combined reservoir storage capacity of more than 3.5 million acre-feet that supply water for more than 439,000 acres of irrigated land and several municipal drinking water projects. They also oversee hydropower production at Elephant Butte Dam, and research and testing at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination and Research Facility.

News and Highlights

  • Features

    Faler Named Reclamation Albuquerque Area Manager

    The Bureau of Reclamation recently selected Jennifer Faler as Area Manager of the Albuquerque Area Office. Faler has more than 20 years of experience working on water resource and environmental issues both in the federal government and private sector. Read More →

  • In The News

    Bureau of Reclamation, New Mexico State Parks, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Team Up to Get Every Kid in a Park

    Every Kid in a Park logoThe Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers collaborated with New Mexico State Parks to accept the Every Kid in a Park pass at their state parks. Fourth graders who present their pass at Reclamation or Army Corps-owned state parks will receive free entry alongside their guardian. State parks participating in the program include... More >>

  • Highway Over El Vado Dam to Close for Drilling

    EL VADO, N.M. – The highway over El Vado Dam will be closed to traffic during daytime hours beginning November 12. The closure of state Highway 112 from one end of the dam to the other will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for approximately 10 to 12 days while a contractor for the Bureau of Reclamation conducts geotechnical investigations. Read More →

  • End of 2015 Irrigation Season for Rio Grande Project

    ELEPHANT BUTTE, N.M. – The Rio Grande Project’s irrigation season is scheduled to end next week when the release of water from Caballo Reservoir will stop. The Bureau of Reclamation stopped releasing water from Elephant Butte Reservoir on September 16. The release from Caballo Reservoir will stop September 28. The irrigation season will end with a total release of approximately 425,000 acre-feet for the year. Read More →

Last Updated: 11/18/15