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Sal Reyes, Chairman, Algodones
Wayne Sandoval, Placitas
Jack Torres, Bernalillo
Larry Blair, Engineer Advisor
Ida Fierro, Secretary
Our Vision: Managing today’s storm waters for tomorrow’s benefits.
Our Mission: To promote the health, safety, prosperity, security and general welfare of the citizens of Eastern Sandoval County in a fiscally responsible manner;
To facilitate knowledge of floodplain management, erosion control, and environmental stewardship.
SIMPLY STATED: ESCAFCA is in the watershed management business. We protect property and development while preserving the natural beauty and rural character of Eastern Sandoval County.
ESCAFCA PROJECTS & PROGRAMS
ESCAFCA STARTS TWO FLOOD CONTROL PROJECTS
On October 25, 2012, ESCAFCA held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Athena Pond and Collection System. ESCAFCA Chairman Sal Reyes, Mayor Jack Torres, Dan Aguirre of Wilson and Company Engineers, and H.T.Johnson , VP of Salls Brothers Construction, turned the first shovel-full of dirt to begin digging a hole in the ground which will trap stormwater and also become a town park.
Salls Brothers was the low bidder at $926,000 to remove some 27,000 cubic yards of dirt, leaving a two-level hole which will be seeded and ready for landscaping as a park and playground. In addition, about a half mile of storm drain will be installed in Athena Avenue and Loop, Carolina Drive, and Mountain View Drive. The storm drain work should be complete before Christmas, and the overall project in late January.
ESCAFCA also started work on the South Hill Pond, being built by CBKN Dirtworks, who won the job with a low bid of $284,000. This pond is on County-owned property just east of South Hill Road, and will also be complete in January.
Additionally, ESCAFCA recently signed cost-sharing agreements with the Army Corps of Engineers to begin investigation of the spoilbank levee along the Rio Grande, hopefully leading to improvements or reconstruction which will protect Bernalillo and remove hundreds of properties from the floodplain. Residents will see a drill rig in December taking borings on the levee north and south of Hiway 550.
All three projects are ESCAFCA’s first and are using money from 2008 and 2011 bond sales.