The Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico has four fishing ponds that became flood control structures, although they were never meant to be. The surrounding area was heavily burned by the Las Conchas Fire, and subsequent rains brought debris down the canyon and toward the Pueblo. The ponds caught much of the debris and were significantly damaged by the floods and are now considered hazards. The Pueblo has requested technical assistance from the Corps for the myriad problems they are facing, which includes the consideration of a controlled breach of the ponds.

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