Parking Lot Retrofit
Approvals for the design of the parking lot retrofit has been received from the New Mexico Environment Department Ground Water Quality Bureau, the Office of the State Engineer, and the City of Albuquerque Hydrology Department to proceed with construction as designed and reviewed.
The New Mexico Water Collaborative has partnered with the Cuidad Soil and Water Conservation District to implement a retrofit pilot project in an urban parking lot in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The project involves the design, permitting and construction of a Green Infrastructure-Low Impact Development(GI-LID) retrofit using an existing urban shopping center parking lot in which current storm water drainage is problematic. The retrofit design will employ sub-surface infiltration to retain all storm water except estimated pre-development runoff, reducing off-site discharges by a high percentage.
Funding for the implementation of this project comes from the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) in conjunction with the New Mexico Environment Department. This project will provide a demonstration of how GI-LID practices can be retrofitted to existing urban impervious surfaces. It will also produce a manual with cost-benefit analyses that can be used by both public and private entities to evaluate the feasibility of constructing GI-LID retrofit projects.
“It has been a privilege to partner with NMWC on projects demonstrating sustainable water resources management in the semi-arid urban environment. The level of technical expertise and organizational excellence offered by NMWC contribute to an exemplary working relationship that leads to an outstanding work product. We at Ciudad SWCD look forward to future collaborative opportunities with NMWC.”
Steve Glass, Board Chair, Cuidad Soil & Water Conservation District