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Conchas Dam Master Plan Update

Presentation for Public and Agency Input

 

The Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hosting an online review to provide information and receive public input to begin the process of revising the Master Plan for Conchas Lake and Dam.

 

Normally, USACE would conduct a face-to-face public workshop to announce the start of the revision and to request comments from the public. However, precautions associated with the COVID-19 virus have made it necessary to conduct the public involvement process online instead of hosting a face-to-face workshop.

 

Please watch the following video presentation or download the PDF copy to read the presentation. The existing Master Plan documents and map are available to download in the "Links" menu on the left side of the page as well as a comment form with instruction on how to send comments.

 

Click here to watch the video presentation.

 

Click here to download a PDF copy to read the presentation.

 

Please note that the PDF and the video presentation provide the same information.

 

 

General Information

The Albuquerque District, USACE, is revising the Conchas Dam Master Plan. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive land and recreational management plan with a life span of 25 years. It guides the stewardship of natural and cultural resources and the provision of outdoor recreation facilities and opportunities to ensure sustainability of federal land associated with Conchas Dam.


About Conchas Dam

Aerial view of Conchas Dam and Lake

Conchas Dam is a multipurpose project built for flood control and irrigation. The dam controls a 7,409 square mile drainage area. Congress authorized its construction under the 1935 Emergency Relief Act. In 1936 the dam was transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and now provides 330,000 acre-feet of water conservation and irrigation for neighboring farmers. Privately owned cattle ranches surround most of Conchas Dam.

The current Master Plan for Conchas Dam was completed in September 1976 and is in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends, and USACE management policy. Key topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan to include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as invasive species management and threatened and endangered species habitat. Public participation and feedback is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.

What is a Master Plan?

The Master Plan is the strategic land use management document that guides the comprehensive management and development of all project recreational, natural, and cultural resources throughout the life of the water resources project.

Why Revise the Conchas Dam Master Plan?

The current Master Plan for Conchas was completed in 1976 and is in need of revision to address changes in regional land use, population, outdoor recreation trends and USACE management policy. (Click here to view the 1976 Master Plan.) Key topics to be addressed in the revised Master Plan include revised land classifications, new natural and recreational resource management objectives, recreation facility needs, and special topics such as invasive species management and threatened and endangered species habitat. Public participation is critical to the successful revision of the Master Plan.

flow chart showing the master plan planning process

How can the public participate in developing the revised plan?

We want your input on the Master Plan revision and any related environmental comments under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Your participation is key to our success!

How to Participate

To add your comments, ideas, or concerns about the future land and recreational management for Conchas Lake, please submit comments using any of the following methods:

  • Fill out and return a comment form available in the "links" menu on the left column of this webpage.
  • Provide comments in an email message and send to: Peter.R.Parham@usace.army.mil
  • Provide comments in a letter or use the comment form and mail to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Dr. Peter R. Parham, Conchas Dam Project Office

P.O. Box 1008 287 Bell Ranch Road

Conchas Dam, NM 88416

(575) 868-2221

Email: Peter.R.Parham@usace.army.mil

 

Thank you for your participation in helping develop the Master Plan for Conchas Lake.