Evolution of Drainage Criteria, Albuquerque, New Mexico

by Clifford E. Anderson, AMAFCA, Albuquerque, United States,
Richard J. Heggen, AMAFCA, Albuquerque, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulics/Hydrology of Arid Lands (H?AL)


Storm drainage in Albuquerque, NM is a central issue in land development. To expedite municipal development while assuring public safety and preserving environmental attributes in a public arena where new information is constantly introduced requires dynamic regulation. Drainage criteria in Albuquerque have evolved from textbook computations to standards specifically developed for the region. The evolutionary process has not at all times been straightforward. To date, the process has unified a Rational Method approach for small watersheds with a modified HYMO model for large watersheds. Particular attention has been given to matching both peak rate and volume of runoff.

Subject Headings: Runoff | Drainage | Watersheds | Storms | Public health and safety | Public information programs | Land use | New Mexico | United States

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