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These photos were submitted in the 2016 annual District Photo Drive. All photos were taken by District employees. To view more photos of District projects, events and people, click here to visit our Flickr site!

And the Winners are...

CONCHAS DAM, N.M. – The maintenance crew heads off to work with their safety equipment in place, Nov. 30, 2015. Photo by Toni Brown. This 2016 Photo Drive entry was the Commander's Choice Award winner.
Off to work... Commander's Choice winner
CONCHAS DAM, N.M. – The maintenance crew heads off to work with their safety equipment in place, Nov. 30, 2015. Photo by Toni Brown. This 2016 Photo Drive entry was the Commander's Choice Award winner.
ABIQUIU, N.M. – A late summer storm over the lake, July 31, 2016. Photo by park ranger Austin Kuhlman. This 2016 Photo Drive entry placed first based on employee voting.
Summer Storm - 1st Place
ABIQUIU, N.M. – A late summer storm over the lake, July 31, 2016. Photo by park ranger Austin Kuhlman. This 2016 Photo Drive entry placed first based on employee voting.
ABIQUIU DAM, N.M – Looking up from the downstream side of the dam alongside the Rio Chama, two rainbows appear in the sky after a passing storm, Sept. 1, 2016. Photo by Clarence Maestas. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for second place based on employee voting.
Double Rainbow - 2nd Place (tie)
ABIQUIU DAM, N.M – Looking up from the downstream side of the dam alongside the Rio Chama, two rainbows appear in the sky after a passing storm, Sept. 1, 2016. Photo by Clarence Maestas. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for second place based on employee voting.
ABIQUIU DAM, N.M. – A panorama view of the Rio Chama below the dam, Jan. 9, 2016. Photo by Austin Kuhlman. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for second place, based on employee voting.
Chama Panoramic - 2nd Place (tie)
ABIQUIU DAM, N.M. – A panorama view of the Rio Chama below the dam, Jan. 9, 2016. Photo by Austin Kuhlman. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for second place, based on employee voting.
SANTA ROSA DAM, N.M. – A wintery sunrise at the dam, Feb. 3, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for third place based on employee voting.
Cold Sunrise at Santa Rosa - 3rd Place (tie)
SANTA ROSA DAM, N.M. – A wintery sunrise at the dam, Feb. 3, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for third place based on employee voting.
ABIQUIU DAM, N.M. – This underwater photo is a close-up of a brown trout. It was taken during a N.M. Game and Fish electro fishing survey of the Rio Chama below the dam, March 15, 2016. Photo by Austin Kuhlman. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for third place based on employee voting.
Brown Trout Close-up - 3rd Place (tie)
ABIQUIU DAM, N.M. – This underwater photo is a close-up of a brown trout. It was taken during a N.M. Game and Fish electro fishing survey of the Rio Chama below the dam, March 15, 2016. Photo by Austin Kuhlman. This 2016 Photo Drive entry tied for third place based on employee voting.

2016 Photo Drive Entries

SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. – Photo of some of the cliff dwellings in Santa Clara Canyon. Photo by Maj. Jason Melchior, Nov. 9, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Santa Clara Pueblo Cliff Dwellings
SANTA CLARA PUEBLO, N.M. – Photo of some of the cliff dwellings in Santa Clara Canyon. Photo by Maj. Jason Melchior, Nov. 9, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A tree in front of the District’s office shows off its fall foliage, Nov. 1, 2016. Photo by Chris Velasquez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
District office in the fall
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A tree in front of the District’s office shows off its fall foliage, Nov. 1, 2016. Photo by Chris Velasquez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – A worker drills while installing a photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Sept. 14, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Drilling for the Cochiti Photovoltaic project
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – A worker drills while installing a photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Sept. 14, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Along the Chama River, N.M. – (l-r): Abiquiu Lake park ranger Nathaniel Naranjo; Mike Harvey, raft guide with TetraTech; and Ryan Gronewald in the District’s Reservoir Control Branch, participate in an interagency raft trip down the Rio Chama, Aug. 26, 2016. Photo by LeeAnn Summer. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Rafting the Rio Chama
Along the Chama River, N.M. – (l-r): Abiquiu Lake park ranger Nathaniel Naranjo; Mike Harvey, raft guide with TetraTech; and Ryan Gronewald in the District’s Reservoir Control Branch, participate in an interagency raft trip down the Rio Chama, Aug. 26, 2016. Photo by LeeAnn Summer. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – The full moon shines bright over the canal coming out from the irrigation headworks at the dam, Oct. 15, 2016. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Moon over Irrigation Canal
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – The full moon shines bright over the canal coming out from the irrigation headworks at the dam, Oct. 15, 2016. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
SANTA ROSA LAKE, N.M. – The sun rises over the lake, Feb. 1, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Sunrise at Santa Rosa Lake
SANTA ROSA LAKE, N.M. – The sun rises over the lake, Feb. 1, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
SANTA ROSA LAKE, N.M. – Fog drifts along part of the dam, April 13, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Fog at the end of the dam
SANTA ROSA LAKE, N.M. – Fog drifts along part of the dam, April 13, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – A bullsnake takes a swim in the lake, June 27, 2016. Photo by Taylor Atwood. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Nice day for a swim
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – A bullsnake takes a swim in the lake, June 27, 2016. Photo by Taylor Atwood. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – Workers construct the framework for a photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Sept. 26, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Cochiti Photovoltaic Construction
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – Workers construct the framework for a photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Sept. 26, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A satellite dining facility that is in the “erection of structural steel and metal framing stages.” This facility will provide 900 meals daily to enlisted personnel. Photo by James Vigil, Aug. 12, 2015. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Satellite Dining Facility
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. – A satellite dining facility that is in the “erection of structural steel and metal framing stages.” This facility will provide 900 meals daily to enlisted personnel. Photo by James Vigil, Aug. 12, 2015. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS DAM, N.M. – For many years, the big end-of-the-year field trip for the local fifth grade class (including the parents) in Tucumcari, N.M., is a tour of the dam. Park rangers go to the school beforehand and give a history presentation with photos where the students learn why and how the dam was built and how it works. For this event even the maintenance personnel get involved! Here, maintenance worker Steve Chacon explains to the group what the stilling basin of the dam is, May 17, 2016. Photo by Taylor Atwood. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Dam Tour
CONCHAS DAM, N.M. – For many years, the big end-of-the-year field trip for the local fifth grade class (including the parents) in Tucumcari, N.M., is a tour of the dam. Park rangers go to the school beforehand and give a history presentation with photos where the students learn why and how the dam was built and how it works. For this event even the maintenance personnel get involved! Here, maintenance worker Steve Chacon explains to the group what the stilling basin of the dam is, May 17, 2016. Photo by Taylor Atwood. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – The framework for the photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Sept. 30, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Framing the Cochiti Photovoltaic project
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – The framework for the photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Sept. 30, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.

2016 Photo Drive Entries

ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M. -- One of the participants in the adaptive ski program held at the lake, Sept. 11, 2016. Photo by Austin Kuhlman. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Adaptive Skiing
ABIQUIU LAKE, N.M. -- One of the participants in the adaptive ski program held at the lake, Sept. 11, 2016. Photo by Austin Kuhlman. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – This storm moved into the area accompanied by lightening, wind, and heavy rain, Aug. 21, 2016. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Angry Storm
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – This storm moved into the area accompanied by lightening, wind, and heavy rain, Aug. 21, 2016. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – The rock cliffs as seen from the North Dock Marina Café on a very still winter afternoon, Dec. 12, 2015. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Be Still
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – The rock cliffs as seen from the North Dock Marina Café on a very still winter afternoon, Dec. 12, 2015. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – During the International Balloon Fiesta, many balloons came close to the District Office, Oct. 4, 2016. Photo by Chris Velasquez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Balloons at the District Office
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – During the International Balloon Fiesta, many balloons came close to the District Office, Oct. 4, 2016. Photo by Chris Velasquez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – To celebrate the retirement of park ranger Valerie Mavis, several of her friends had a campout with her at the Corps’ campground at the lake. Photo by Toni Brown, May 14, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Camping at Conchas
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – To celebrate the retirement of park ranger Valerie Mavis, several of her friends had a campout with her at the Corps’ campground at the lake. Photo by Toni Brown, May 14, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – During the busy Memorial Day Weekend, Shawn Blake, a District employee at Abiquiu Lake, volunteered with boat inspections at the Corps’ boat ramp here at Conchas. Photo by Toni Brown, May 28, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Boat Inspection
CONCHAS LAKE, N.M. – During the busy Memorial Day Weekend, Shawn Blake, a District employee at Abiquiu Lake, volunteered with boat inspections at the Corps’ boat ramp here at Conchas. Photo by Toni Brown, May 28, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
SANTA ROSA LAKE, N.M. – The lake froze, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Frozen
SANTA ROSA LAKE, N.M. – The lake froze, Jan. 5, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
CONCHAS DAM, N.M. – District employee Toni Brown got this photo of the clouds as she left work, March 25, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Clouds at Conchas
CONCHAS DAM, N.M. – District employee Toni Brown got this photo of the clouds as she left work, March 25, 2016. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – The completed photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Oct. 20, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Cochiti Photovoltaic Array
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – The completed photovoltaic electric generation system at the project, Oct. 20, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
SANTA ROSA DAM, N.M. – Early morning at the dam’s control tower, July 2, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Early morning at Santa Rosa Lake
SANTA ROSA DAM, N.M. – Early morning at the dam’s control tower, July 2, 2016. Photo by Rowena Sanchez. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – One of the photovoltaic arrays in the electric generation system at the project, Oct. 3, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Cochiti Photovoltaic Single Array
COCHITI LAKE, N.M. – One of the photovoltaic arrays in the electric generation system at the project, Oct. 3, 2016. Photo by Erin Larivee. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
TUCUMCARI, N.M. – Bobber the water safety dog attends the Fired Up event here along with Conchas park ranger Taylor Atwood, Sept. 24, 2016. Bobber talked to many people during the event about the importance of always wearing a life jacket when near the water. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.
Bobber Fired Up about Water Safety
TUCUMCARI, N.M. – Bobber the water safety dog attends the Fired Up event here along with Conchas park ranger Taylor Atwood, Sept. 24, 2016. Bobber talked to many people during the event about the importance of always wearing a life jacket when near the water. Photo by Nadine Carter. This was a 2016 Photo Drive entry.