Reclamation to release 2019 Annual Operating Plan for Rio Grande

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

For Release: April 04, 2019

The Rio Grande north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
The Rio Grande north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The Bureau of Reclamation invites the public to a presentation explaining plans for Rio Grande water operations in 2019. Snowpack is close to average in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico and a good spring runoff on the Rio Grande is expected.

The presentation will cover the process for determining the plan for water operations; a review of 2018 water predictions, as compared to actual storage and releases; and explanation of the 2019 water forecast and potential for storage and releases.

What: Release of Annual Operating Plan for the Rio Grande

When and Where:

  • Middle Rio Grande AOP: Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
    Bureau of Reclamation, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Webex available for the Albuquerque meeting, e-mail Mary Carlson at to participate.
  • Rio Grande AOP: Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 1:30 p.m.
    El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1, 13247 Alameda Ave, Clint, TX 79836.

Why: To learn more about the process used for determining this year’s operating plan, water forecast, water storage and potential for water storage and release.

How: Please contact Ms. Carlson at 505-462-3576 with any questions. If you are interested in the presentation and unable to attend either meeting, following the meeting it will be posted at

Feel free to e-mail Ms. Carlson at for more information.

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