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Bernalillo County Awarded $220,000 for Green Stormwater Infrastructure Project


BernCo’s Stormwater Quality Program has been selected for a Great Urban Parks Campaign grant by the National Recreation and Park Association. BernCo is one of 10 organizations nationwide that was awarded the grant, which supports the development of green stormwater infrastructure.

The $220,000 grant award issued to Bernalillo County will be used to install green stormwater infrastructure/low impact design landscaping along the northern end of the Second Street trail, from the South Diversion Channel (just south of Heather Lane SW) to Prosperity Avenue, a distance of just over a mile. This project will continue the landscaping currently being installed along the trail that began at the Valle de Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge ultimately connecting the Mountain View community with the Valle de Oro refuge.

BernCo is scheduling community meetings for public input and anticipates the first meeting to occur in February 2019 with the project breaking ground by spring 2019.

“We are excited to have this federal investment that improves green stormwater infrastructure in our south valley community,” says Commission Chair Steven Michael Quezada. “Utilizing landscaping to diminish flooding is a brilliant strategy in protecting our neighborhoods while also beautifying them.”

Green stormwater infrastructure offers an effective way to positively impact environmental and social change, especially within underserved communities. This project will mitigate the effects of climate-related weather events, improve community health, increase access to green space and nature, and provide opportunities for education, employment and social inclusion.

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