Jemez Canyon Dam

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Jemez Canyon Dam
Jemez Dam, Santa Ana Pueblo NM.jpg
Jemez Dam
Jemez Canyon Dam is located in New Mexico
Jemez Canyon Dam
Location of Jemez Canyon Dam in New Mexico
CountryUnited States
LocationSandoval County, New Mexico
Coordinates35°23′40″N 106°32′49″W / 35.39437°N 106.54702°W / 35.39437; -106.54702Coordinates: 35°23′40″N 106°32′49″W / 35.39437°N 106.54702°W / 35.39437; -106.54702
PurposeFlood control and storm water management
Opening date1953
Owner(s)United States Army Corps of Engineers
Dam and spillways
Height150 feet (46 m)
Length870 feet (270 m)
Reservoir
Total capacity264,700 acre-feet
Surface area2.2 square miles (5.7 km2)

Jemez Canyon Dam (National ID # NM00003) is a dam in Sandoval County, New Mexico, a few miles north of Albuquerque.

The earthen dam was constructed in 1953 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, with a height of 150 feet and a length at its crest of 870 feet.[1] It impounds the Jemez River for flood control and storm water management in the spring and early summer seasons.[2] The dam is owned by the Corps of Engineers, and operated by the Corps and the Cochiti Lake Project Office.

The reservoir it creates, Jemez Canyon Reservoir, has a normal water surface of 2.2 square miles and a maximum capacity of 264,700 acre-feet. Normal storage is about one tenth that volume.[3] Recreation is limited. There is no access to the water. All land surrounding the reservoir, except a small day-use area with picnic facilities and a scenic overlook, is the property of Santa Ana Pueblo, with restricted access.[4]

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