As the first and largest flood control authority in New Mexico, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) was established to protect the life and property of its constituents in the greater Albuquerque area through the use of innovative flood control and storm water quality infrastructure. Since its creation by the State Legislature in 1963, AMAFCA has constructed and maintained approximately half of the surface flood control system in Albuquerque.
AMAFCA’s boundaries include all of the City of Albuquerque, all of the Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, portions of the City of Rio Rancho, and the central portion of Bernalillo County.
AMAFCA’s role in the community includes design, construction, and maintenance of its part of the flood control system - including many stormwater quality design components - as well as a strong master planning and regulatory role to ensure proper design and construction of flood control infrastructure. This is done with a 23 person staff, which includes a 12 man maintenance crew.
AMAFCA’s facilities all have great multiple use benefits, with miles of bike trail located along its arroyo system, and its flood control dams serving double duty as parks, little league and soccer fields, equestrian arenas, golf courses, disk golf course, community farms, and even a hang glider landing area.
As a regional flood control authority, AMAFCA works closely to coordinate flood control projects with its sister agencies. AMAFCA typically focuses largely on the major trunk drainage facilities and flood control dams, with the City and County focusing on the tributary arroyo and storm drain systems.
AMAFCA is an agency that strives to effectively serve the Greater Albuquerque area’s flood control and stormwater quality needs.