Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority

Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority Protecting life and property since 1963. The Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) was created in 1963 by the New Mexico Legislature with specific responsibility for flooding problems in greater Albuquerque.

AMAFCA’s purpose is to prevent injury or loss of life, and to eliminate or minimize property damage by building and maintaining flood control structures throughout the Albuquerque area.

Operating as usual

08/11/2020

Help AMAFCA prepare for disasters and emergencies!

The Albuquerque Metropolitan Area is updating our Hazard Mitigation Plan, to help us prepare for disasters caused by natural and human-caused hazards, and identify ways to reduce losses and protect our community from hazard events. We’re seeking input from the public to help us better understand our vulnerabilities, your experiences, and opportunities to reduce the impacts of hazards before they occur.

Please take our short five-question Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey at https://bit.ly/HMP2020PublicSurvey by August 31, 2020.

Spanish language survey link: https://bit.ly/Encuesta_públicaHMP2020.

June 26, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday A beautiful day at the Pino Dam on the east side of Albuquerque.
06/26/2020

June 26, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday A beautiful day at the Pino Dam on the east side of Albuquerque.

June 5, 2020 #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday This Friday we are showing Valle de Oro, as the construction crews are placing the ...
06/05/2020

June 5, 2020 #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday This Friday we are showing Valle de Oro, as the construction crews are placing the bridge deck and shotcrete swale.

May 22, 2020 #AMAFCA #CommunityLearningFridayToday we are showcasing a training that involved NMED, EPA, USACE and AMAFC...
05/22/2020

May 22, 2020 #AMAFCA #CommunityLearningFriday
Today we are showcasing a training that involved NMED, EPA, USACE and AMAFCA! It is awesome to be apart of a community where we can learn from other entities about the interesting city we live in!

May 15, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Today we recognize Kinney Dam and North Domingo Baca Park. This beautiful park was...
05/15/2020

May 15, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Today we recognize Kinney Dam and North Domingo Baca Park. This beautiful park was full of life hanging out, multiple feet apart, enjoying the sunshine.

May 8, 2020 - #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Check out this amazing post from Valle de Oro about the Outfall project that is ha...
05/09/2020

May 8, 2020 - #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Check out this amazing post from Valle de Oro about the Outfall project that is happening.

Welcome to this week’s #TransformationThursday, your weekly opportunity to learn about all the exciting projects happening on and around YOUR Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge.

Today's update is all about AMAFCA's Stormwater Outfall Project- check it out!

Since January AMAFCA and their contractor RMCI have been working on the construction of the Valle de Oro Drainage Facility in the southwest corner of the Refuge and adjacent bosque. This structure will serve as the outlet for stormwater that will flow from neighboring areas, be filtered through a natural swale on the Refuge and enter into a series of wetlands and swales that already exist in the bosque. Construction is moving along on schedule and they are about to return the Riverside Drain to its new configuration. In the beginning of the project, both the Riverside drain and the Williams Lateral irrigation ditch were rerouted to allow for construction to proceed. As of May 2020, the project is approximately 60% complete and is on track to be substantially completed by the end of June. Access to the bosque remains closed for all uses as this is an active construction site. For more information visit AMAFCA website for this project. https://www.amafca.org/projects/valle-de-oro-outlet-structure/

A big thank you to AMAFCA for the pictures and our Deputy Refuge Manager #ConstructionKate for adding the details and context to the photos.
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To finish, here’s your weekly tip from the Mountain View Emergency Preparedness team. This group is a part of our Mountain View Neighborhood Association and Mountain View Community Action and is working hard to keep our host neighborhood and neighbors informed and prepared in case of an emergency.

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Lots of exciting things are happening at Valle de Oro, thanks for being a part of our transformation! Don’t forget you can sign up for these updates via email by dropping us a line at [email protected] or just check in with us on Facebook every Thursday. We hope to see you on the Refuge soon (but if you visit make sure to follow the signs and remember the social distancing guidelines).

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April 24, 2020- #AMAFACA #WaterQualityFridayThis week we have chosen to showcase Stephen Jorge with NCS Engineers, measu...
04/24/2020

April 24, 2020- #AMAFACA #WaterQualityFriday
This week we have chosen to showcase Stephen Jorge with NCS Engineers, measuring water quality out of a lift station at the Rio Grande. Some of the parameters measured here include temperature, pH, conductivity and dissolved oxygen!

April 17, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Progress is still moving on the Valle de Oro Oro National Wildlife Refuge Outlet...
04/17/2020

April 17, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Progress is still moving on the Valle de Oro Oro National Wildlife Refuge Outlet Structure. This project includes construction of a gated floodwall along the edge of the Rio Grande Bosque, a maintenance access bridge, conveyance structures in the MRGCD facilities, and 200 feet of open channel swale serving as the Valle de Oro drainage outlet.

March 6, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Did you know that between I-25 and Tiburon Street, the North Pino Channel was des...
03/06/2020

March 6, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Did you know that between I-25 and Tiburon Street, the North Pino Channel was designed for a 100- year flood but only lined for a 10- year flood? This channel is jointly maintained by both AMAFCA and the Journal Center!

February 21, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Look at the amazing work that is happening at the Black Mesa Project!Post by ...
02/28/2020
AUI Inc.

February 21, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Look at the amazing work that is happening at the Black Mesa Project!

Post by AUI Inc.:“Have you noticed the work along the irrigation ditches in the South Valley? #TeamAUI is proud to be working with Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority on this important project.

https://csengineermag.com/black-mesa-project-lowers-flooding-risk-in-albuquerques-south-valley/?fbclid=IwAR3pJxipahHkS2ingoy4OTp7Iz3qxGW4qKGKq14uXjOBt8JuNMWWrgdM0V4
#infrastructurematters #joinus #buildNM #infrastructurematters #joinus #buildNM”

Have you noticed the work along the irrigation ditches in the South Valley? #TeamAUI is proud to be working with Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority on this important project. https://csengineermag.com/black-mesa-project-lowers-flooding-risk-in-albuquerques-south-valley/ #infrastructurematters #joinus #buildNM

02/21/2020

February 21, 2020- #AMAFCA #EngineerFriday As the end of Engineers Week 2020 comes to a close, we would like to take a chance to thank all of the fantastic engineers that we work with here at AMAFCA. Without their hard work and support, we would not be where we are today!

February 14, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday On this wonderful Valentines Day Friday, we choose to showcase the Hahn Water...
02/14/2020

February 14, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday On this wonderful Valentines Day Friday, we choose to showcase the Hahn Water Quality Facility. As water flows down the channel this facility helps to trap trash and other debris. Along side this awesome structure has an auto sampler that tracks water quality parameters!

February 7, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday We never got the chance to showcase the ground breaking for the Valle de Oro V...
02/07/2020

February 7, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday We never got the chance to showcase the ground breaking for the Valle de Oro Visitor Center! The turn out was great, nice to see all the people supporting this event on October 11th, of 2019. The first shovel of the site, how exciting!

January 31, 2020-  #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Shown here is the John B. Robert Dam in NE #ABQ during a foggy day in January...
01/31/2020

January 31, 2020- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Shown here is the John B. Robert Dam in NE #ABQ during a foggy day in January. This dam is known for its baffle-block face and a detention basin behind designed to catch flood water.

December 20, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityAwardFriday The local chapter of the National Organization of Office and Industrial ...
12/20/2019

December 20, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityAwardFriday The local chapter of the National Organization of Office and Industrial Properties (NAIOP) awarded AMAFCA with the Eagle Award for the Louisiana Gibson Regional Drainage Facility Project. They recognized the importance of the project where AMAFCA, the U.S. Air Force and the City aligned themselves in such a way to fund, design and construct (within 24 months) a critical piece of infrastructure that will help remove approximately 600 properties from a FEMA floodplain.

December 13, 2019- #AMAFCA #FeatureFriday Tuesday, December 3rd, the day known this year as Tumbleweed Tuesday! Marking ...
12/13/2019

December 13, 2019- #AMAFCA #FeatureFriday Tuesday, December 3rd, the day known this year as Tumbleweed Tuesday! Marking the 24th year that AMAFCA has debuted him along I-40 interstate. The presence of this snowman marks the start of the holiday season! Everything on the snowman is recycled, from the ax handle nose to his scrap metal buttons and frame. They’re items Flood Control often finds clogging up our arroyos and waterways and they hope the snowman will serve as a larger-than-life reminder to clean up trash when you see it. Be sure to come see him, he will be up until January 2, 2020!

To read more about the revel check out these amazing links:
https://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/tumbleweed-snowman-to-be-built-along-i-40/

https://www.newmexico.org/nmmagazine/articles/post/tumbleweed-snowman/?fbclid=IwAR3dovyDgk-UAHR1cyYntVH09OGMDrbHekoVuhziAByiS50CcZ8TLCSDhPk

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/slimmer-tumbleweed-snowman-returns-to-albuquerque/5569333/

November 22, 2019- #AMAFCA #Facility Friday Kinney Dam is located near Louisiana Blvd and Corona Ave NE. Above this dam ...
11/22/2019

November 22, 2019- #AMAFCA #Facility Friday Kinney Dam is located near Louisiana Blvd and Corona Ave NE. Above this dam there are numerous soccer fields as well as some other recreational facilities.

November 15, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday The South Domingo Baca Diversion Channel is being extended eastward by Hawks ...
11/15/2019

November 15, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday The South Domingo Baca Diversion Channel is being extended eastward by Hawks Landing, a new subdivision that is going in! The objectives of this new AMAFCA project is to provide and enhance the stormwater quality as well as provide and increase the system and facility capacity. This project will extend the box culvert at Tramway to provide better access for maintenance of the existing Morgan Flood Wall of the South Domingo Baca Arroyo.

November 1, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFrday The North Diversion Channel Outfall Booms are well at work capturing a lot of d...
11/01/2019

November 1, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFrday The North Diversion Channel Outfall Booms are well at work capturing a lot of debris before it is released into the Rio Grande. As you can see the wildlife are enjoying them also!

October 18, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday The La Cueva Water Quality Facility is an underground box that was retrofitted...
10/18/2019

October 18, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday The La Cueva Water Quality Facility is an underground box that was retrofitted at the inlet of the La Cueva Arroyo of the North Diversion Channel. At the time, this was the most effective debris removal structure within the entire system. This structure catches cigarettes to couches and everything in between!

October 11, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday The International Balloon Fiesta fills the skies of Albuquerque with colorful ...
10/11/2019

October 11, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFriday The International Balloon Fiesta fills the skies of Albuquerque with colorful balloons for two weeks a year! How lucky are we that one of our own rode in a balloon and got this incredible image from above! This is looking over the North Diversion Channel by Paseo Del Norte. If you look close you can see the outlets to the Domingo Baca, South Pino, North Pino, Bear Canyon and Vineyard Arroyos!

September 27, 2019- #AMAFCA #RecognitionFriday This year AMAFCA won two awards in Innovation as well as Program Manageme...
09/27/2019
WEF - WEF Announces Fifth Year of MS4 Award Winners at WEFTEC 2019

September 27, 2019- #AMAFCA #RecognitionFriday This year AMAFCA won two awards in Innovation as well as Program Management, both receiving the gold standard. Twenty-two high-performing municipalities and one university received recognition across the nation! These awards celebrate administrators of municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) that perform beyond regulatory requirements. Way to go AMAFCA! Here is the article to see all the other recipients of this awesome award!

https://www.wef.org/resources/pressroom/press-releases2/2019/wef-announces-fifth-year-of-ms4-award-winners-at-weftec-2019/

WEF Announces Fifth Year of MS4 Award Winners at WEFTEC 2019 ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Twenty-two high-performing municipalities and one university received recognition in the fifth annual National Municipal Stormwater and Green Infrastructure Awards on Sept. 23. These awards celebrate administrators of m...

#AMAFCA #PublicMeeting Monday September 23, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm a public meeting will be held for Black Mesa Phas...
09/20/2019

#AMAFCA #PublicMeeting Monday September 23, 2019 from 5:30pm to 6:30pm a public meeting will be held for Black Mesa Phase IV Construction from Maplewood to Powers Way. In association with MRGCD and Bernalillo County the next phase of construction is about to begin. The construction will install a new storm water diversion pipe along the MRGCD Gun Club Lateral, reconstruct the lateral and all crossings. With the reconstruction of the crossings some current traffic patterns will be impacted.

Details on the meeting location:
Los Padillas Community Center
2117 Los Padillas Rd SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105
9/23/2019 at 5:30pm

A public meeting will be held this Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm concerning the Lower Bear Tributary Arroyo Regional...
09/13/2019

A public meeting will be held this Monday, September 16th at 6:30 pm concerning the Lower Bear Tributary Arroyo Regional Flood Control and Water Quality Improvements Project. This meeting will provide an update on the construction timeline and to answer any questions. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay in construction activities may have on you, and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Details on the meeting location:
Jewish Community Center (JCC) - Auditorium A
5520 Wyoming Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
9/16/2019 at 6:30

09/06/2019

September 6, 2019 -#AMAFCA #StateFairFriday Don’t forget to go to the State Fair Parade tomorrow morning from 8:30 – 11:00 am to check out the AMAFCA Float! As an added plus there will be TWO poop fairies giving away special prizes! Can’t wait to see you there.

August 23, 2019 -#AMAFCA  #FacilityFridays Todays feature is the La Cueva Arroyo! This arroyo starts at the foothills of...
08/23/2019

August 23, 2019 -#AMAFCA #FacilityFridays Todays feature is the La Cueva Arroyo! This arroyo starts at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains, flows underneath I-25 near San Diego Ave, eventually emptying into the North Diversion Channel. At the beginning La Cueva starts as an earthen channel and near Alameda this channel transitions to concrete all while flowing through 6 water quality features!

August 16, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays Today we are featuring a project from the Westside of Albuquerque, the San Ant...
08/16/2019

August 16, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays Today we are featuring a project from the Westside of Albuquerque, the San Antonio Arroyo! This facility starts at the Petroglyph National Monument, it then runs along Unser Blvd where it joins the Mariposa Diversion Channel. From here they cross under Coors and enter the river just north of the oxbow. Images captured below are from the August 3, 2019 storm.

August 2, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays This week’s edition of the AMAFCA Facility Friday is highlighting the recently ...
08/02/2019

August 2, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays This week’s edition of the AMAFCA Facility Friday is highlighting the recently completed Louisiana Gibson Kirtland Airforce Base Drainage Facility. This 47 acre- ft, $2.5 million combined project with the City of Albuquerque, KAFB, and AMAFCA addressed security concerns for base personal and removed approximately 600 homes from the flood plain. The before and after photos show this amazing transformation!

07/26/2019
July 25, 2019 Rain Event

#AMAFCA #FacilityFriday July 25, 2019 rain event running through the North Diversion Channel under the Menaul Bridge. At peak flow there was a little under 4,000 cfs!

Join us tomorrow at John Robert Dam starting at 8am for a fun filled cleaning day!
07/19/2019

Join us tomorrow at John Robert Dam starting at 8am for a fun filled cleaning day!

July 19, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays This morning the  City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation , the Albuquerque Pol...
07/19/2019

July 19, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays This morning the City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation , the Albuquerque Police Department and Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority had booths along the North Diversion Channel by Montgomery. They were talking with pedestrians and cyclists on how to keep the trails safe as well as handing out goodies and flyers!

#AMAFCA #FlyerFriday Join us tomorrow from 10am- 3pm at the Pueblo of Isleta Environmental Fair!
07/13/2019

#AMAFCA #FlyerFriday Join us tomorrow from 10am- 3pm at the Pueblo of Isleta Environmental Fair!

July 5, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays A recent addition to the North Diversion Channel outfall are some very large oran...
07/05/2019

July 5, 2019- #AMAFCA #FacilityFridays A recent addition to the North Diversion Channel outfall are some very large orange booms. These booms are put in place to catch floatable debris and help protect the maintenance road!

#AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Currently, McCoy, Raymac, and Don Felipe Flood Control Dams help protect the southwest valley fr...
06/28/2019

#AMAFCA #FacilityFriday Currently, McCoy, Raymac, and Don Felipe Flood Control Dams help protect the southwest valley from runoff from the southwest mesa. These dams are gated structures due to the limited drainage infrastructure downstream. The Black Mesa 3 Dam Outlet project will connect these 3 gated flood control dams and provide an outlet directly to the Rio Grande. Due to the enormity of this project, it had to be constructed in multiple phases. Last winter, Raymac Dam was the first to have direct connection to this outflow pipeline. This coming winter, Don Felipe will be connected; and McCoy will follow in the winter of 2020. All total, this project installed close to 5 miles of pipe and been the results of a partnership of agencies including AMAFCA, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District, Bernalillo County, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

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2600 Prospect Ave NE
Albuquerque, NM
87107

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
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Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
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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.

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