Elephant Butte Dam

Elephant Butte Dam, main unit of the Rio Grande project of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on the Rio Grande, SW N.Mex. completed 1916. The dam, with its large reservoir, is used for flood control, hydroelectric power, and irrigation. The project was involved in a water-rights dispute between the United States and Mexico that was settled by a treaty in 1906.

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