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Picacho, New Mexico
Flood Control
Local government owned
Built in 1954

Picacho North Dam is an earth dam built on the North Picacho Arroyo River and is located in Picacho, New Mexico. It was built in 1954 for the purpose of flood control.

The dam is owned by the local government. It is also known as Apache Dam.

Picacho North Dam
Picacho, New Mexico, U.S.
Dam type
Dam type
Flood control
Foundation type
Core type
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Elephant Butte Irrigation District
Local government

Picacho North Dam is owned by the local government.

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Bureau of Reclamation
Dam designer
North Picacho Arroyo River
River built on
Picacho North Dam was built in 1954.
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Dam length 1,610 feet
Dam height 42 feet
Structural height 53 feet
Max discharge 4,200 cubic feet per second
Max storage 970 acre feet
Surface area 58 acres
Drainage area 8 square miles
1,610 feet
Dam length

Length of the dam is defined as the length along the top of the dam. This also includes the spillway, powerplant, navigation lock, fish pass, etc., where these form part of the length of the dam. If detached from the dam, these structures should not be included.

42 feet
Dam height

Height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance between the lowest point on the crest of the dam and the lowest point in the original streambed.

53 feet
Structural height

Structural height of the dam is defined as the vertical distance from the lowest point of the excavated foundation to the top of the dam. Top of dam refers to the parapet wall and not the crest.

4,200 cubic feet per second
Max discharge

Number of cubic feet per second the spillway is capable of discharging when the reservoir is at its maximum designed water surface elevation.

970 acre feet
Max storage

Maximum storage is defined as the total storage space in a reservoir below the maximum attainable water surface elevation, including any surcharge storage.

58 acres
Surface area

Surface area, in acres, of the impoundment at its normal retention level.

8 square miles
Drainage area

Drainage area of the dam, in square miles, which is defined as the area that drains to a particular point (in this case, the dam) on a river or stream.

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Downstream potential hazard

Dams assigned the high hazard potential classification are those where failure or mis-operation will probably cause loss of human life.

No emergency action plan
Emergency action plan

An emergency action plan is defined as a plan of action to be taken to reduce the potential for property damage and loss of life in an area affected by a dam failure or large flood.

Most recent inspection date

Inspections are every 3 years.

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Also known as Apache Dam
Distance to nearest town (miles) 0
Latitude 32
Longitude -106
NID ID (National ID) NM00012

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