Flood Control Planning in Albuquerque

by Harold F. Bishop, (F.ASCE), Vice-Pres.; Leonard Rice Consulting Water Engrs., Inc., Denver, Colo.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1978, Vol. 48, Issue 4, Pg. 74-76

Document Type: Feature article


In 1973, a 42-mi² area adjacent to Albuquerque, New Mexico, was about one-third developed, and drainage problems were evident. The area is on an alluvial fan at the foot of the Sandia Mountains and is drained by arroyos. While the arroyos are dry most of the time, floods can come rushing down them with little warning. To prevent future drainage problems, local authorities decided to prepare for the area a master drainage plan around which future development could be planned. The plan reflects the goals of the community and is technically, economically and legally feasible. It was unanimously adopted by the AMAFCA board of directors, and a bond issue for financing the –7 million project was passed by the voters in 1975.

Subject Headings: Drainage | Floods | Developing countries | Alluvial channels | Mountains | Disaster warning systems | Economic factors | Legal affairs | New Mexico | United States

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