For the past two decades the rate of land development across the county has been more than two times greater than the rate of population growth. If unchecked, the increased impervious surface associated with this development will increase stormwater volume and degrade water quality, which can harm our arroyos and the Santa Fe River.
The best way to mitigate stormwater impacts from new developments is to use practices to treat, store, and infiltrate runoff onsite before it can affect water bodies downstream. Innovative site designs that reduce imperviousness and smaller-scale low impact development practices dispersed throughout a site are excellent ways to achieve the goal of reducing flows and improving water quality.
The City of Santa Fe is addressing the post-construction stormwater runoff measure by looking to reduce the amount of runoff in new subdivisions. One such way could be re-evaluation of the drainage standards to encourage regional ponds and parks. This will provide additional pervious area and native flora and fauna. The net increase of scenic features will positively impact neighborhoods aesthetically, and increase residential property values.