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A Message from the Chairwoman
Congratulations to the AridLID Coalition members who contributed to the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference! It was quite a showing of the fantastic work being done in our region and highlighted some great projects here in the Middle Rio Grande Valley. I hope you are all ready to share your favorite parts of the conference with us at our next coalition meeting. Speaking of which, our next coalition meeting is only two weeks away! I hope you’ll join us on September 21st from 11 am to 1pm (lunch will be provided see 'Events' below) As usual we have a full agenda for you to contribute to how this group functions in our working meeting format that has been so successful in the past.  And as a sneak peek into what we have planned for the November meeting, we will be looking for a few courageous volunteers to tag into the executive committee, so stay tuned. Let’s continue to build momentum as we head towards our one-year anniversary of the AridLID Coalition refresh! Thank you for all you do!             ~ Sarah

Feature Project: Haynes Park

The Haynes Park wetlands was originally built in 2001 as a constructed wetlands demonstration project to treat stormwater.  This facility required constant maintenance to remove cattails and other invasive aquatic species from the water pool.  Additionally, in the early 2010s, SSCAFCA began to believe that this type of feature was out of place in the semi-arid, non-riverine area where the facility was located and decided to change course to a less water consumptive type of facility.  In 2013, the pond was dewatered, the aquatic vegetation removed, and rocks, trees and more climate appropriate plantings were installed.
Initial Haynes Park Wetland

Local Research 

  • Gerhard Shoener published an article in ASCE Journal of Hydraulics on using time-lapse cameras for monitoring flow.

Resources

Announcements

The EPA Region 6 Conference was a huge success with over 300 attendees, and many wonderful presentations and fieldtrips.

The UNM team for the EPA Campus Rainworks Challenge won the student poster competition at the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference!
UNM Student Kristal Metro (PhD Civil Engineering)  receiving the student poster award at the EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference
Haynes Park Wetland After Reconstruction

Events 

  • The next Arid LID Coalition meeting will be on Friday, September 21st from 11:00-1:00 at The Rotunda at Sawmill Lofts (same place as previous meetings).  The address is 1801 Bellamah Ave NW, 87104
  • Don't miss the State Fair Parade on September 8th where you can see the Poop Fairy in action.
  • The 2019 Land and Water Summit will be held February 28th and March 1st. Registration is not yet open, but get it on your calendar now! 

Funding

The Nature Works Everywhere grant provides $2,000 for K-12 schools to do small scale GSI or garden projects. 
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