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Post  rrsjls on Wed May 06, 2009 12:40 pm

It hasn't happened since, but late last summer, on a day when the city crews were cleaning up in the linear park south of Comanche, someone, presumably with the parks & recreation crew dragged (visable drag marks all the way down the path)the trash can located right at the entrance from Comanche down to the arroyo to the south and dumped the entire contents (mostly bags of dog waste) into the drainage arroyo. I called 311 on it, but no-one ever came to clean it up and subsesquent storms washed everything down the arroyo.


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Storm Drainage and Arroyo Issue

Post  Admin on Sun May 03, 2009 8:01 am

Apparently people are using the doggie bags in the park and then throwing the bags into the arroyos. This was sent to members of the GHSCGNA board. We will let you know when we have the Stormwater Quality Team scheduled to attend a GHSCGNA meeting.


Protecting our local environment is everyone’s responsibility. And cleaning up our city’s stormwater is a large part of the effort. Did you know that anything that gets in our storm drainage inlets ends up in the Rio Grande without treatment? Some citizens mistakenly believe that the storm drains are convenient places to dump chemicals, yard waste, paint and other harmful substances. However, all that material flows into the Rio Grande and contributes to pollution.

Members of the City’s Stormwater Quality Team would appreciate the opportunity to speak to your next Neighborhood Association meeting and give a short 15 to 20 minute presentation on our system and explain how everyone can play a part in the solution. We would speak about our EPA-mandated responsibility to clean up stormwater and how each citizen can help be a part of the solution rather than a part of the problem.

Please contact Kathy Verhage (, Stormwater Quality Engineer, at 768-3654 to set up an appointment. Thanks for your interest in making Albuquerque a better, cleaner place to live.


Roland Penttila, PE
Stormwater Quality Manager



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