Construction Professionals

Low Impact Development (LID) and Green Infrastructure (GI) Resources:

LID and GI


Increased erosion from construction activity can produce much more debris to the Rio Grande than the natural or finished state of a project. Blowing dust from disturbed sites can add to the dirt moved by running water. Please do your part to keep pollutants out of the streets and contained!

What the Law Requires

In 2017, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a new Construction General Permit that controls all construction projects that have the potential to pollute any waters of the United States. Among the requirements are:

All projects of 1-5 acres (or smaller if they are part of a larger plan of development or sale) must comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System.
All projects subject to NPDES requirements must have a stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) in place at least seven days prior to any construction activity; and Construction projects that do not comply with this Federal law can be subjected to fines of as much as $32,500 per day, per violation.  In extreme cases, the City of Albuquerque can pull permits and issue “stop work” orders.

You can maintain your company’s reputation in the community by becoming current on the latest environmental issues related to development and construction.

For more information on SWPPP and NPDES requirements, you can download a handy guide (pdf).

The City of Albuquerque also offers reference materials in a Storm Drainage Library.

Albuquerque is currently using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) program to determine potential sediment transport before, during and after construction activities. This program was developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The New Mexico NRCS web site has the soil physical properties for Bernalillo County.

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