Santa Fe’s Effective Online Tool for Managing Stormwater

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Santa Fe has had challenges with stormwater and infiltration, as have many US cities. However, the city is now introducing a pilot program with the assistance of the New Mexico Environment Department. The new process includes a cost-effective toolkit designed to be an assistive device in managing stormwater pollution within the city. The package will include a step-by-step guide to help the community implement a long-term program using the web-based toolkit, which will also benefit other nearby neighborhoods. The toolkits will establish the use of practical, user-friendly solutions to aid in economic growth, stimulate infrastructure investments, as well as help the city to adhere to environmental requirements. This will be an integrated plan and will factor many environmental concerns, including stormwater management.

Stormwater runoff is one of the fastest growing sources of pollution across the country and it can overwhelm wastewater systems and overflow sewers. Many cities have utilized green infrastructure as part of a comprehensive, long-term approach to managing stormwater. Communities are finding the benefits from such approaches go well beyond helping to meet regulatory requirements and actually turn possible safety concerns into opportunities. Comprehensive, long-term plans can guide smart investments by tying together multiple community objectives like street improvements, outdoor open spaces, greenways or recreation areas, as well as community revitalization. Storm water runoff is one of the fastest growing sources of pollution across the country and it can overwhelm wastewater systems and overflow sewers.

Residents of Santa Fe, did you know that the city is now enrolling members of the community in a Meter Monitoring Program? You can now use your electronic devices to check your water usage through your phone, tablet or computer.

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