Otero Soil & Water Conservation District

3501 Mesa Village Drive, Alamogordo, NM  88310

575-437-3100 ext. 3

Watershed Restoration

    Small dams can be temporary or permanent; they are constructed across a drainage ditch, swale, or channel to lower the speed of concentrated flows for a certain design range of storm events. A dam can be built from wood logs, stone, pea gravel-filled sandbags or bricks and cement. Slow runoff speeds will reduce erosion as well as gully erosion in the channel and allows the sediment to establish.

Erosion Control Structure Diagram


Last year, we held our second Summer Youth Academy, which was a 6-week natural resources learning opportunity offered for Tribal high school juniors and seniors.  Each week a different natural resource  topic was presented and students were able to do hands-on work within the topic area.  Instruction was provided by various natural resource professionals working with the US Forest Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Eastern NM University-Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache Tribe.  ENMU-R offered a dual credit course in conjunction with the employment opportunity provided through the Tribe.  Students earned 3-semester hours of college credit and 1 credit toward their high school requirements.  Students spent one week learning about soil and water conservation and worked on various hands on projects such as One Rock Dams aka one step dams, and Zuni Bowls located within the Rinconada Watershed on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation. 

One Rock Dam Installation

Zuni Bowl

Summer Youth Academy 2017

Mescalero Apache Tribe - Division of Resource Management and Protection by Thomas Mendez