Truth or Consequences Stormwater Harvesting Assessment

Author(s): 
Van Clothier
Date: 
September, 2013

Overview

On Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Van Clothier from Stream Dynamics, Inc. met at city hall with Mayor John Mulcahy, City Manager Juan Fuentes, and Street Department supervisor Buster Smith. We discussed the damaging rainwater runoff situation and I gave a presentation on water harvesting techniques that could potentially help solve the problem. After about an hour I departed with Buster Smith for a tour of the problem areas and source areas where the water was coming from. While doing this we were eventually joined by the mayor as well as commissioner Jeff Richter.

We looked at 20 sites where flowing water was contributing to down slope flooding, and discussed potential improvements that could be made. That night it rained all night and was still raining in the morning. I returned to the source areas, and looked at flowing water at all the problematic downtown intersections, a total of 14 more sites, and was able to understand the nature of the problem and come up with a proposed solution. Each of these sites is discussed individually at the bottom of this report. Many of these are executable on public right of ways, either on T or C land or State Highway right of way.