Partners and Funding
A collaborative team of RPMC cooperators - including staff from the State's Surface Water Quality Bureau (NMED-SWQB), Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, and the DOT, along with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Geological Survey (USGS), the Bureau of Reclamation, and other significant contributors - has closely studied the river's character and setting. The team designed and implemented a restoration and construction plan to address the heavy erosion impacts, improve river function and habitats, and protect public safety along this reach of the Rio Puerco adjacent to Highway 550. The DOT amended and expanded their original highway plans to enable the full project to proceed, by constructing two new pier-and-span bridges across the Rio Puerco. The NMED-SWQB, utilizing federal Clean Water Act nonpoint source pollution prevention funding acquired by the State via a Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), joined with Sandoval County and the DOT to pull together the necessary project funding and matching cost shares.