Welcome to the 2020 GSI Field Trip!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

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Bosque de Bernalillo Water Quality Project

This project is located in Bernalillo, NM along Sheriff’s Posse Rd. approximately 0.25 miles south of US 550. This new facility is located on the Coronado Arroyo, which conveys storm water from portions of the City of Rio Rancho and the Town Bernalillo, ultimately discharging to the Rio Grande. The water treatment portion of this site is being constructed approximately 900-ft upstream of the confluence with the Rio Grande.

Designed by SSCAFCA’s internal engineering design team, the concept for this project is to divert runoff from smaller, more frequent storms into a meandering water quality (WQ) channel where the flow is passively treated before it returns to the main arroyo. As flow enters the meandering WQ portion of this project, it is provided the opportunity to infiltrate into the surrounding sandy soils and get “cleaned” in a variety of ways.

https://www.sscafca.org/bosque-de-bernalillo-water-quality-project-ifb-2017-01/

Dave Gatterman, P.E SSCFCA Facility Operations Director dgatterman@sscafca.com  

Alameda Drain Project

The Alameda Drain and Trail Master Plan proposes a 9-mile, multi-use trail that would run parallel to the historic drainage channel, providing new recreational opportunities and a chance to celebrate the area’s 300 years of agriculture.

The master plan is the result of a collaborative, four-party agreement and partnership between the Public Works Division of Bernalillo County, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, City of Albuquerque, and Albuquerque Metropolitan Flood Control Authority. Parametrix, Inc., Dekker/Perich/Sabatini and Weston Solutions Inc. were consultants on the project. The section from Montano north to Osuna was completed by H.O. Construction.

https://www.bernco.gov/uploads/files/Alameda%20Drain%20And%20Trail%20MP%20Book_reduced%208_17_16.pdf

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Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm

Our lunch stop will be @ 4308 Rio Grande Blvd NW in Los Ranchos. Set among 25 acres of lavender fields, enormous cottonwood trees and lush formal gardens, Los Poblanos is one of the most magnificent historic properties in the Southwest.

Designed in 1932 by New Mexico's foremost architect, John Gaw Meem, the "Father of Santa Fe Style", Los Poblanos is located on an organic farm in the heart of the Rio Grande River Valley. A model of preservation and sustainability, the farm's vision helps shape the daily menu and handcrafted line of artisan products.

https://lospoblanos.com/

Explora!

1701 Mountain Road NW

Explora!'s  landscape complements the innovative architecture of the facility while providing a sustainable environment appropriate to the Rio Grande Valley. Native and adaptive plant materials and water harvesting strategies predominate Sites Southwest’s design. The landscape plan also incorporates an educational component. Through the collaborative efforts of city staff, museum personnel, architects and Sites, visitors can stroll the grounds and learn about history, traditional farming techniques and special or endangered ecosystems. The  early GSI parking lot design by Patrick Gay for Sites Southwest was completed in 2003.

More info to come.

https://www.explora.us

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South 2nd Street Trail Project from Prosperity to Mountainview Elementary School

The 2nd Street Landscaping Project will consisted of naturalistic and native landscaping and irrigation utilizing green stormwater infrastructure methodologies. The project demonstrates the effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure to positively affect environmental and social change in underserved communities. It empowers residents to be actively engaged in projects that address community needs and meet local stormwater management goals.

The project includes green stormwater infrastructure projects that achieve the following key objectives:

-Improved environmental quality including enhanced water quality,increased climate resiliency through reduced flooding, improved ability of the site to hold and retain stormwater,and improved and increased green space and wildlife habitat.

-Increased access to high quality park and recreation space within underserved communities, and increased access to related recreation, environmental education and green job opportunities.

-An engaged community empowered to improve local environmental quality through green infrastructure solutions.