For immediate release
Aug. 8, 2018
Media Contact: Baylee Banks
New Mexico Department of Agriculture
New Mexico Department of Agriculture receives West Regional Award of Merit for exemplary contributions to dam safety in New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
NMDA received the 2018 West Regional Award of Merit from the Association of State Dam Safety Officials (ASDSO). This was for its contributions to the improvement of dam safety in New Mexico.
The New Mexico Office of the State Engineer Dam Safety Bureau nominated NMDA for the ASDSO West Regional Award. This was for completing the Soil and Water Conservation District-Owned Dams Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Planning Project. The project is a product of NMDA’s Agricultural Programs and Resources Division.
NMDA’s Agricultural Programs and Resources Division Director Julie Maitland said the award is the result of effective collaboration.
Maitland will accept the award on behalf of NMDA Sept. 10 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, Washington. This will be during the 2018 Dam Safety ASDSO National Conference.
The Dam Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Planning Project came into fruition in 2014. This was after the New Mexico Legislature provided $1 million to NMDA. This money provided much needed Inundation Maps and Emergency Action Plans to Soil and Water Conservation and Watershed Districts.
NMDA also received funding through the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management’s Hazardous Mitigation Grant Program. This assisted in the completion of five inundation maps and two regional workshops.
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said that this achievement award recognizes the partnerships that NMDA has. This is addition to the great work of the department.
This was an important and much needed project to begin the process of inundation mapping. This encouraged future dam rehabilitation and emergency action planning.
For more information about NMDA’s Dam Inundation Mapping and Emergency Action Planning Project, visit https://www.nmda.nmsu.edu/home/divisions/apr/soil-and-water-conservation-districts
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