City to Unveil Rain Garden
Saturday, April 8, 2017, 11:00 a.m.
On West Alameda, across from Sicomoro Street
Santa Fe, NM - A new rain garden on West Alameda, across from Sicomoro Street, will harvest large quantities of stormwater while preventing erosion and reducing pollution. “As the plants and trees associated with this project grow, they will beautify the neighborhood and increase regional biodiversity,” Mayor Javier Gonzales said. “But they’ll also embody our community’s profound, historic respect for our most-precious resource—water.”
With the Santa Fe Watershed Association’s leadership and the efforts of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, The RainCatcher, and Southwest Urban Hydrology, the City of Santa Fe will host the unveiling April 8, at 11:00 a.m. “This is a classic example of a successful public-private partnership,” Gonzales continued. “Without the hard work of a wide variety of stakeholders and the generosity of many in the private sector, we wouldn’t be telling this success story today.”
The rock-plated, compost-infused infiltration-basin is part of a series of similar structures that make up the Santa Fe River Demonstration Rain Gardens project, which have been installed along the river over the last several years under the guidance of the Santa Fe Watershed Association. The goal of this larger “green infrastructure” project is to absorb 300,000 gallons of water per year, according to Andy Otto, the association’s president.
The widespread development of impervious “grey infrastructure” such as concrete, asphalt, and rooftops has taken its toll on every urban watershed. “As our urban footprint has grown, unmanaged runoff has created enormous damage not only in our river but also within our arroyo systems,” the City of Santa Fe’s River and Watershed Coordinator Melissa McDonald said. “We should see every storm as a resource. Fortunately, our community gets it.”
Parking will be available at Alto Park near Bicentennial Pool