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Hydrology Section

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.

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.

Hydrology Staff Contacts:

Section Manager

Curtis Cherne, P.E., CFM, Principal Engineer, 505-924-3986

Drainage Engineer

Shahab Biazar, P.E., Senior Engineer, 505-924-3695

Engineering Associate

Rudy Rael, 505-924-3977

Plan Checker

Tim Sims, 505-924-3982

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