Water Resources Professional Project Reports

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Many municipalities are now implementing stormwater management techniques that integrate and utilize stormwater in urban design, while greatly reducing urban runoff and non-point source pollutants. These techniques, often referred to as Low Impact Development (LID) or Green Infrastructure (GI), include bio-swales, rain gardens, green roofs, porous pavement, and curb cuts, among many others. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is strongly encouraging the implementation of LID and GI stormwater management programs; however, many of these techniques were developed in and are mainly used in Eastern or Pacific Northwest states. Given New Mexicos semi-arid climate, high intensity rainstorm events, and state water laws, the feasibility of using these techniques may be limited despite their successes in other regions. The purpose of this study was to identify barriers to the widespread implementation of LID and GI in the Albuquerque region. This information was collected through a focus group with local professionals that included stormwater managers, drainage engineers, architects and landscape architects, water conservation managers, and developers, as LID/GI implementation requires a variety of experts.

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Urban runoff--Management--Environmental aspects--New Mexico-- Albuquerque Metropolitan Area., Sustainable urban development--New Mexico--Albuquerque., Runoff--New Mexico--Albuquerque--Management.


A Professional Project Proposal submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the dual degree of Master of Water Resources and Community & Regional Planning, Water Resources Program, University of New Mexico.