US Army Corps of Engineers
Albuquerque District

Commission Hears from Those in District who Focus on Reducing Risks from Flooding

Published Aug. 1, 2012
District Dam Safety Manager Suzi Hess-Brittelle discusses risks related to flooding at a meeting of the Sandoval County, N.M., Planning and Zoning Commission.

District Dam Safety Manager Suzi Hess-Brittelle discusses risks related to flooding at a meeting of the Sandoval County, N.M., Planning and Zoning Commission.

Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission members listen as District Dam Safety Manager Suzi Hess-Brittelle discusses risks related to flooding.

Sandoval County Planning and Zoning Commission members listen as District Dam Safety Manager Suzi Hess-Brittelle discusses risks related to flooding.

The Emergency Manager for Sandoval County, N.M., Assistant Fire Chief David Bervin, approached the District to provide a presentation to the county’s Planning and Zoning Commission about Cochiti Dam. Bervin is a copyholder of the Cochiti and Jemez Canyon Dam Emergency Action Plans.

Members of the District attended the Commission’s meeting June 28 and took a multi-disciplinary approach for providing information about Cochiti Dam and more.

“Presentations were prepared from the District’s subject matter experts from all programs that interact on behalf of the public safety to reduce risks related to flooding on the Rio Grande system,” said Dam Safety Program Manager Suzi Hess-Brittelle.

Besides Hess-Brittelle, information was contributed by Reservoir Control Branch’s Ryan Gronewold, Readiness & Contingency Operation’s Cheryl Buckel, Regulatory Division’s Chris Parrish, Flood Risk Management Program’s Tamara Massong and Chief of Engineering and Construction John Moreno.

“Commission members were highly engaged in all presentations and asked questions throughout,” Hess-Brittelle said. “After the meeting was adjourned, Commission members thanked presenters and asked if members of the District could come back in the future to present information on levee safety.”