Water in the Desert: Angostura Edition

Angostura Dam

Originally uploaded by heinemanfleck.

Lissa and I stopped at Angostura Dam on a recent drive up to Santa Fe. It’s the diversion for water used in the Albuquerque reach of the middle Rio Grande. It’s a modest affair, built in the 1930s, just building up enough head to divert water into a concrete channel that’s on the right of this picture.

It is owned and maintained by the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, the local government agency formed in the 1920s to bring centralized management to what at the time was a disparate group of acequia-based irrigation districts.

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