Water Quality? I Thought It Was a Cheese Grater

sw1301_36A large-scale BMP for trash and other pollutants in Albuquerque

By Kevin Daggett and Jerry Lovato

The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Control Authority (AMAFCA) has been constructing stormwater-quality facilities and best management practices (BMPs) for more than 13 years. During that time, many different approaches have been tested for effectiveness. The BMP selection process has evolved over time through lessons learned and the incorporation of new methodologies and technologies. AMAFCA’s approach to water quality has evolved to adapt to local hydrologic, hydraulic, and geographic constraints. The influence of these constraints has produced a new generation of non-typical, high-capacity structural BMPs that are unique to the Albuquerque area.

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