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Platoro Dam

Publication Date: 
November, 2014

Platoro Dam is on the Conejos River about 1 mile upstream of the town of Platoro, Colorado. The dam was completed in 1951 and regulates the water supply for 81,000 acres of land irrigated by the Conejos Water Conservancy District (CWCD). Platoro Reservoir is used for flood control and for re-regulating the flows of the Conejos River for irrigation in the San Luis Valley Project of the Bureau of Reclamation. The flows are crucial to the Rio Grande Compact with Texas and New Mexico. The reservoir is used by the CWCD as well as a large number of hunters, fishermen and recreational enthusiasts. The Corps has exclusive authority over the project for flood control purposes and is responsible for directing the CWCD in the operation of the dam for flood control purposes, pursuant to Section 7 of the Flood Act of 1944. Releases made in anticipation of flood conditions are coordinated with CWCD and the Colorado Division of Water Resources to avoid interference with irrigation operations to meet Rio Grande Compact delivery obligations.