Otero Soil and Water Conservation District


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Organized in 1940, the Otero Soil and Water Conservation District is a governmental subdivision of the state of New Mexico organized under state law (Chapter 73, Article 20).



The Otero Soil and Water Conservation District promotes and facilitates effective stewardship of natural resources by providing leadership, education, technical and financial assistance to the citizens of Otero County.

Mission Statement

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    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 29Trunoff29T             speeds will reduce erosion as well as 29Tgully erosion29T             in the channel and allows the sediment to establish. These small dams are fairly inexpensive and easy to install. They may be permanent if designed properly and can be used where it is not possible to otherwise divert flow and stabilize the erosion.

Small Erosion Control Structure Diagrams