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Our Land: Rio Grande Habitat Restoration

Our Land: Restoration

June 14, 2019 – It’s scary when rivers crest above their banks or burst their levees. In the Midwest, rising river waters have been dangerous for boaters and swimmers and caused millions in property damage as they’ve inundated homes along the Mississippi and other rivers.

But springtime flooding is also a natural part of a river’s cycle. On the Rio Grande, spring floods help nurture the cottonwood bosque, allow fish to spawn and benefit all sorts of other species—including humans.

This year, the Rio Grande is expected to keep running higher than it has in recent years, all the way through the month of June. That’s a stark contrast to years past, including just last spring.

Correspondent Laura Paskus takes us to the Rio Grande in Albuquerque, and to a habitat restoration site near Socorro, where engineers are trying to turn back the clock on river management concepts as they look toward the future of water in the Southwest.

Guests:
Ann Demint, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation engineer
Chris Torres, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation acting field division manager

Our Land: Urban Flood Control

Our Land Urban Flood Control

May 10, 2019 – On this month’s episode of Our Land, we visit with engineers from the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority. AMAFCA was created in 1963 to protect life and property, and for decades it moved water as quickly as possible out of the city and into the Rio Grande.

Since the 1980s, things have been changing, due to the need to comply with water quality regulations. One of the keys to cleaning the water is slowing it down. And now, instead of seeing stormwater as a nuisance, it can be a resource. Ideally, it could be slowed, cleaned and used in irrigation canals. Or, the flood control agency and the drinking water authority can work together, to let water percolate into the ground to help restore aquifer levels.

Guests:
Jerry Lovato, executive engineer
Nolan Bennett, field engineer