Reclamation to host public meetings to discuss plans for El Vado Dam and Spillway repairs

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

For Release: May 28, 2019

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on the impacts related to proposed repairs at El Vado Dam in northern New Mexico. El Vado Dam is undergoing a Corrective Action Study through Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program and will require modifications and repairs of the dam and spillway in the coming years. Some of the potential action alternatives include a geomembrane liner, concrete liner and replacement or repairs to the spillway. Prior to initiating formal scoping for the project as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, Reclamation is holding two public meetings to identify interested parties and potential issues to consider during the process.

Who: Bureau of Reclamation

What: Public information and input on El Vado Dam and Spillway repairs

When and Where: Albuquerque: Tuesday June 4, 2019, at 6 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Bureau of Reclamation, 555 Broadway NE, Suite 100, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Los Ojos: Wednesday June 5, 2019, at 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Escalante High School, 7575 NM-531, Los Ojos, New Mexico 87551.

Why: To learn more and comment on potential alternatives for repairing El Vado dam and spillway.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jared Baxter at 801-379-1081 or email Media inquires should go to Mary Carlson at 505-462-3576 or

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