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Army Corps of Engineers Oxbow Restoration Project

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District began construction work in the Rio Grande Valley State Park on the Oxbow Restoration project in early 2015 near Coors and Namaste.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District will begin construction work on the Oxbow Restoration project Jan. 12, 2015. The Oxbow Restoration project consists of selective thinning of non-native vegetation across 20 acres. The main restoration goal at this site is to improve the ‘plumbing’ used to manage water within the Oxbow wetland. This includes installation of culverts, excavation of an open water area and river bank line terraces, and native re-vegetation.

*For details see the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District website.*



Elizabeth Lockyear
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Ondrea Hummel
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Location: Please see the map for specific locations. The staging area is just north of the Bosque School, with construction occurring south of the school, slightly east of La Bienvenida Pl. NW and Camino Valle Trail NW.

This is an official construction zone. Hard hats and orange vests must be worn. Please stay out of designated construction zones.

Work at the site will occur Jan. 12, 2015 through April 15, 2016, with a pause during the migratory bird nesting season April 15 - August 15, 2015.

The project is part of the Middle Rio Grande Restoration Project that will restore 916 acres of native bosque (riparian cottonwood forest) along a 26-mile stretch of the Middle Rio Grande between Isleta Pueblo and the northern border of Sandia Pueblo.

The Oxbow Restoration project was designed by the Albuquerque District, USACE, in concert with the project sponsor, the City of Albuquerque Open Space Division. The project was also designed in cooperation with the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and Bosque School.

For more information, please contact Ondrea Hummel, Corps of Engineers ecologist, at 505-342-3375 or Alicia Austin Johnson, Corps of Engineers project manager, at 505-342-3635.

Map of location of Oxbow Restoration Project construction