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Planned Recovery Act Projects for Rio Grande Levee Rehabilitation

March 9, 2009


Date: 03/10/2009 Description: Symbol for The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission both in English and Spanish. State Dept Photo 


  • West Levee – Hatch Siphon to Bignell Arroyo
  • West Levee – Shalem Bridge in Doña Ana County to near Country Club Bridge in El Paso County (area at Mesilla Valley Bosque Park and immediately upstream and downstream from Country Club Bridge is being rehabilitated using non-Recovery Act funds)
  • West Levee – at Anapra
  • East Levee – Mesilla Dam to Vinton Bridge (area from near Fort Selden to Mesilla Dam is currently being rehabilitated using non-Recovery Act funds)
  • East Levee/Canutillo Floodwall – Vinton Bridge to Borderland Bridge (design only)
  • East Levee – Borderland Bridge to near Country Club Bridge (area immediately upstream from Country Club Bridge and downstream to Sunland Park Bridge is currently being rehabilitated using non-Recovery Act funds)
  • East Levee – Rio Grande Power Plant to American Dam (design and planning only)
  • U.S. Levee – Fabens area
  • U.S. Levee – Fort Hancock area
  • U.S. Levee – downstream from Ysleta-Zaragoza Port of Entry to Fort Quitman (geotechnical studies)


  • U.S. Rio Grande Levee - Hidalgo Loop Levee Phase I and II
  • U.S. Rio Grande Levee - Mission Levee and Culverts at Edinburg Pump
  • U.S. Rio Grande Levee - Lateral A to Retamal Dam
  • North Levee of the Main and North Floodways – Granjeño to Hidalgo-Cameron County line (design only from Baseline Road to county line)
  • South Levee of the Main and North Floodways – start of floodway to Baseline Road
  • Arroyo Colorado – Divisor Dike to Hidalgo-Cameron County line (design and potential construction)

* Deficient Rio Grande levees in El Paso County from International Dam to near the Ysleta-Zaragoza Port of Entry were raised by USIBWC in 2007.

**Deficient Rio Grande levees in Cameron County were raised by USIBWC in 2008. Other Rio Grande levee segments in Hidalgo County were addressed in 2008-2009 as part of the levee-wall project between Hidalgo County Drainage District #1, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the USIB

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