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CONSERVATION
In 2018, Bernalillo County, New
Mexico, was awarded an NRPA Great
Urban Parks Campaign grant.
Bernalillo County Benefits
From NRPA Programs
Grant-funded project connects New Mexico community to a wildlife refuge
By Kali Bronson
I
n 2018, Bernalillo County, New Mexico, which includes Albuquerque,
was awarded one of 10 NRPA Great Urban Parks Campaign (GUPC)
grants. The grant-funded project, Second Street Landscaping Project
(Second Street Trail), enabled vegetation and green stormwater infrastructure
(GSI) to be installed along this pre-existing trail. The trail is located
in the Mountain View community, which is an environmentally overburdened
and economically distressed neighborhood with mixed-use zoning.
The mixed zoning within this
community results in residents
living adjacent to industrial areas,
such as bulk-fuel terminals;
Environmental Protection Agency-regulated
sites; Atchison,
Topeka and Santa Fe Railway
Superfund site; auto recyclers;
former agricultural facilities;
current and former dairies; as
well as the Southside Water Rec28
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lamation Plant. The Rio Grande,
bordering this community to the
west, is a major river flowing
through the city, and is impaired
for Escherichia coli (E. coli), with
an established total maximum
daily load for E. coli.
The geographic setting of the
south valley amplifies heat and results
in thermal inversion, trapping
air pollutants into low-lying areas.
Studies indicate that cities in arid climates
are more vulnerable to heat island
effects due to lack of permeable
surfaces and limitations in water.
A Link to Nature
The Mountain View neighborhood
is a predominantly Hispanic and
Spanish-speaking community, and
the poorest census tract in Bernalillo
County, according to a 2016 American
Community Survey (tinyurl.
com/ydhbvs7v). Joy Junction, a
family homeless shelter located in
the neighborhood that houses 300
men, women and children experiencing
homelessness, is located
south of the Albuquerque Southside
Water Reclamation Plant.
PHOTO COURTESY OF KALI BRONSON
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