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
On October 19, 2016, The Bureau of Reclamation today celebrated 100 years since the completion of Elephant Butte Dam in southern New Mexico... More →
CARLSBAD, N.M. – The Bureau of Reclamation is in the process of draining water from Avalon Reservoir so the Carlsbad Irrigation District can conduct required maintenance on the dam... More →
Albuquerque, N.M. – There will be more traffic and activity at El Vado Dam and Reservoir in October as crews perform various tests and work in the area.
Geomembrane test panels will be installed on a portion of the dam as part of a demonstration project. Contractors will be on site ... More →
Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility is focal point for desalination research
The Brackish Groundwater National Desalination Research Facility is a focal point for developing technologies for the desalination of brackish and impaired groundwater found in the inland states. The facility, funded by the Bureau of Reclamation's Research and Development Office, Desalination and Water Purification Research Program, opened in 2007... More →
The 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 →
The Bureau of Reclamation released its draft Environmental Impact Statement today for the Pojoaque Basin Regional Water System. The draft EIS analyzes potential environmental impacts of five alternatives for planning, designing and constructing the regional water system in the Pojoaque Basin of north-central New Mexico. A 45-day public comment period is open from January 13 to February 27, 2017... More →