Albuquerque Area Office | Upper Colorado Region

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


  • News Release – September 17, 2019

    Pojoaque Basin regional water system moves toward construction

    The Bureau of Reclamation is one step closer to constructing a water system to bring safe, reliable drinking water to four Pueblos and parts of Santa Fe County under the Aamodt Litigation Settlement Agreement. Today, Reclamation’s Commissioner Brenda Burman joined settlement parties to sign an agreement that renegotiated cost shares and cost savings measures in the project. Read More 

  • News Advisory – August 27, 2019

    Finalists compete in Reclamation contest to identify and develop water treatment technology

    ALAMOGORDO, NM – The Bureau of Reclamation is hosting a Pitch-to-Pilot event to fund innovative water treatment technologies for enhancing freshwater supplies in the United States. This event is designed to identify and fund development of desalination and water treatment technologies and processes. Reclamation invites the public to attend and vote for one of ten finalists. The public portion of the competition will take place at the Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility in Alamogordo, New Mexico, on August 29. Read More 

  • News Release – July 17, 2019

    Brent C Esplin named director for Reclamation’s Upper Colorado Region

    WASHINGTON - Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman today named Brent C Esplin director of the Upper Colorado Region. Esplin has more than 20 years of Reclamation experience. He will officially assume his duties as regional director on July 21, 2019. Read More 

  • News Release – May 28, 2019

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

    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. Read More 

  • Features – April 2, 2019


    To support learning and education in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area the Bureau of Reclamation's Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility hosted 545 students at the Fourth Annual Discovering Desal event. The students visited the facility from March 4-12 and came from the Alamogordo Public School System, two private schools and a local homeschooling group. Read More 

Last Updated: 9/17/19