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

    Expert Earth Movers

    The Socorro Field Division of the Albuquerque Area Office is comprised of construction and heavy machinery operators who specialize in river maintenance along the Middle Rio Grande. The expertise of these crews in both river maintenance and habitat restoration has recently garnered a lot of recognition in New Mexico. Read More →

  • In The News

    Environmental Impact Statement Available for Rio Grande Project Operating Agreement

    Photo: Elephant Butte DamThe Bureau of Reclamation has released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for continued implementation of the Rio Grande Project’s 2008 Operating Agreement. The FEIS analyzes environmental impacts associated with continued implementation of the 2008 Operating Agreement through 2050. The Operating Agreement describes how Reclamation will allocate, release and deliver Rio Grande Project water ... More >>

    Hadrosaurs Tracks

    Hadrosaurs TracksWhile hiking on Reclamation land around Elephant Butte a month or so ago, a local resident found what appeared to be dinosaur footprints near an arroyo. Albuquerque Area Office archaeologist Mark Hungerford and Dr. Spencer Lucas, the Curator of Paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Science and History, recently traveled down to assess the find. ... More >>

  • 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 >>

Last Updated: 9/30/16