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Riverside Canal Concrete Lining


Riverside Canal along southern boundary
of Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, 
March 19, 2011.


El Paso County Water Improvement District No. 1 (El Paso No. 1) is now in the middle of a multi-year project to concrete line approximately 3 miles of the Riverside Canal, including approximately 1.5 miles adjacent to Rio Bosque Wetlands Park. 

To avoid the irrigation season, El Paso No. 1 is doing the work in fall and winter.  The first stage -- completed between October 2009 and March 2010 -- involved replacement of the Partidor Check Structure.   

The second stage -- completed between October 2010 and March 2011 -- involved replacement of the Wasteway One Check Structure and concrete lining the segment of the canal between it and the Partidor Check Structure. 

No work was done from winter 2011-2012 through winter 2014-2015. 

The third stage -- completed between October 2015 and March 2016 -- involved concrete lining the canal from the point where the American Canal Extension discharges into it to the bridge at the entrance to the Jonathan Rogers and Roberto Bustamante water-treatment plants. 

The fourth stage -- completed between October 2016 and February 2017 -- involved concrete lining the canal segment from the bridge to El Paso No.1's Well RS-1.   

One final segment, from Well RS-1 to the Partidor Check Structure, remains.  Most of this final segment is along the eastern boundary of Rio Bosque.  In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation awarded El Paso No. 1 a $1,000,000 WaterSMART grant to complete the final segment. We expect work to begin in fall 2019. 

The figure below shows current construction status: