The Hydrology section is responsible for determining the storm drainage requirements for development projects in the City of Albuquerque and is the Official FEMA Flood Plain Administer for the City of Albuquerque.
Hydrology can help with the following subjects as they pertain to storm drainage:
How can I obtain a copy of the DP Manual or specific pages and chapters which have been revised?
To obtain a copy of the Development Process Manual or to obtain specific chapters or pages, contact American Legal Publishing, at 1-800-445-5588 or visit their website.
- Development Review Board (DRB) submittals to determine if drainage infrastructure or easements are required.
- Construction plans as part of the Design Review Committee process.
- Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) submittals.
- Grading and Drainage Plans for Building Permits, Paving Permits and Grading Permits.
- Permit sets for both commercial and residential sites.
- Flood zone information.
- Erosion Sediment Control Plans and Permits
The City has two ordinances that address storm drainage; The Flood Control Ordinance and the Drainage Ordinance (14-5-1 and 14-5-2). The Hydrology Section is the City's connection to FEMA, for floodplain management and the National Flood Insurance Program.
New FEMA maps were issued in August, 2012. Some properties were removed from a flood zone, and some properties were added into a flood zone. FEMA created an interactive web page to see the flood zone changes http://www.riskmap6.com/NM/Bernalillo/ For more information, please contact Rudy Rael. 505-924-3977.
FEMA Flood Exemptions
Explore the interactive map to find FEMA LOMAs (Letter of Map Amendments) in Albuquerque.
Hydrology Staff Contacts:
Curtis Cherne, P.E., CFM, Principal Engineer, 505-924-3986
Shahab Biazar, P.E., Senior Engineer, 505-924-3695
Rudy Rael, 505-924-3977
Tim Sims, 505-924-3982