Streets and Drainage Division
The Storm Water Management Division relies heavily on this department. The street sweeping plan this division operates under is a great benefit to our community as they work daily to remove pollutants from our roads by routinely sweeping curbside materials thus reducing the amount of pollutants that reach our inlets. Another benefit performed by the Streets and Drainage staff is their on going work in our arroyos including: bank stabilization, channel dredging, culvert installation and repair, and ongoing routine maintenance.
Stormwater inlets are cleared of debris and cleaned by a Vactor operated by city staff removing pollutants and various types of illegal dumping, as well as, keeping the water moving to reduce the risk of flooding to our streets. This City division plays a key role in stormwater’s efforts to reduce pollutants from our MS4.
Parks, Trails and Watershed
The Parks Division is a City Department whose efforts are greatly appreciated by the community. In efforts to comply with the stormwater pollution plan, the Parks Division has reduced the amounts of fertilizers and pesticides used in parks and open spaces and uses products that meet or exceed the EPA’s requirements by staff that continually train in application methods.
They implemented the Santa Fe Beautiful program, working to reduce trash and litter from our parks, open spaces and the mediums along our roadways. This Department composts leaves, tree branches and other clippings and returns this product to the community for their use. As the parks crews cut and trim weeds and curb lines throughout the City, they remove the clippings in an effort to keep storm gutters and drain clean and open reducing the need for additional maintenance and the possibly of flooding.
The workers at Fleet Department do a tremendous job of keeping the entire City fleet running. The City owns and operates well over 2,000 cars, trucks and large equipment such as dump trucks, tractors, ride-on-mowers, backhoes, sweepers, loaders, graders, etc. With such a large array of equipment the fleet division tackles the sizeable responsibility of hazardous waste disposal daily of items like motor oils, antifreezes, hydraulic oils, gasoline and disel fuels, batteries, tires, etc to a degree that surpasses the EPA’s minimum requirements. Their work ethic is a real benefit to our stormwater plan.