Albuquerque, NM— The Mid Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team (MRGSQT) is launching a call for photos themed “Show Us Your Rio Grande” in support of its newly redesigned website www.keeptheriogrand.org. The MRGSQT is asking photographers of all skill levels to think about how the Rio Grande affects their lives and submit a favorite photo of the river with a short story or explanation. The photos can be uploaded to the website and those whose photos are selected will receive a photo credit and be acknowledged in a special news release. The first 50 contributors will receive a free “scoop the poop” pack for the disposal of pet waste. Photo submissions are due no later than October 30.
“The goal of the photo campaign is to encourage people to appreciate the beauty of the river and to spend time on the MRGSQT website, where they will find educational materials, videos and activities having to do with stormwater quality and preventing stormwater pollution caused by pet waste and other toxins,” said Karen Stearns, AMAFCA Storm Water Quality Manager and MRGSQT Chair.
The new website will also feature Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and provide a number of tips to help keep our stormwater clean.
Many people are not aware that wastewater and stormwater systems are separate, and that stormwater does not go into a wastewater treatment plant to be cleaned before flowing into the Rio Grande. The pollutants that get picked up by stormwater as it flows down arroyos, channels and ditches, flow down to the Rio Grande River.
The Mid Rio Grande Stormwater Quality Team was formed in 2004 to cooperatively educate and reach out to residents about how they can reduce stormwater pollution to help “Keep the Rio Grand!” The team includes the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority, Bernalillo County, the City of Albuquerque, the Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority, the University of New Mexico and the New Mexico Department of Transportation. The Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District is also a non-voting member.