Sites Southwest, along with the project engineers, provided the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with a study that’s changing the face of the Rio Grande in central New Mexico. This Reconnaissance Study is the first phase of a comprehensive program to revitalize the river as it winds through Albuquerque. The goal is to restore the river’s bosque to an ecologically sustainable and natural environment that will provide exceptional visual, recreational and interpretive opportunities to its visitors.
The project included field work documenting the bosque’s unique history, natural and man-made features, historical reviews and Geographic Information Systems. Using a design charrette, Sites Southwest worked with project stakeholders and others as part of the Army Corps plan formulation process.The project also entailed facilitating extensive community involvement.
Albuquerque’s Rio Grande bosque has the potential to change the approach to flood control within a river environment that is also a major recreational destination. Proposed re-forestation techniques, trails, interpretive and passive recreational opportunities create an opportunity to re-invent the Bosque.