Media Advisory: Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to Release 2017 Annual Operating Plan for Middle Rio Grande

Media Contact: Mary Carlson, (505)462-3576,

For Release: April 07, 2017

Who: Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers What: Release of Annual Operating Plan for the Middle Rio Grande When: Thursday, April 13, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. Where: Albuquerque: Bureau of Reclamation Albuquerque Office, 555 Broadway Boulevard NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, N.M., Rio Grande Room. Why: To learn more about the process used for determining this year’s operating plan, water forecast, water storage, potential for water storage and release. How: Contact Mary Carlson at (505) 462-3576 with any questions. If you are unable to attend, but would like a copy of the presentation, please e-mail Mary at for a link to the presentation following the meeting.

Background: The Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invite the public to the annual meeting to explain plans for water operations along the Middle Rio Grande in 2017. Snowpack is above average in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the first time in recent years. The presentation will cover the process for determining the plan for water operations. It will include a review of the 2016 water predictions, as compared to actual storage and releases. Presenters will then explain the 2017 water forecast, potential for storage and release and impacts to water-related recreation.

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