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The NMDOT Roadside Environment Design Section provides specifications and consulting on revegetation, erosion control, stormwater management, aesthetics, vegetation management, and public involvement for all new and on-going state highway projects and the 200,000 acres of NMDOT highway rights-of-way.

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image of art under bridge

Context Sensitive Design

Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) functions within the Environmental Bureau and is an inclusive process where community members help shape transportation projects so that the end results reflect the values and unique character of New Mexico’s cities, towns, and villages.

Projects that involve Context Sensitive Solutions should not only provide for multimodal mobility, access, and safety, but they should also address social issues, enhance the environment, improve aesthetics, promote livability and public health, preserve historic resources, and create lasting value for a community.

Adding contextually appropriate design elements to transportation projects not only beautifies the project area but can also highlight local heritage and natural resources that are important to communities. Aesthetic improvements can include public artwork featuring local artists, landscape design, rock work, and concrete imprinting, texturing and coloring.

Point of Contact:

William Hutchinson, Roadside Environment Design Section Supervisor
Phone: 505-795-1275
Email: Williams.hutchinson@state.nm.us

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Public Involvement

Public involvement is a key component of Context Sensitive Solutions. The process should ensure that communication with the public is inclusive, clear, and continuous so that stakeholders can come to a consensus on solutions to a community’s transportation needs. Effective communication with the public provides better solutions to transportation problems.

Point of Contact: 

Jennifer Mullins, Public Involvement Specialist
Phone: 505-795-2765
Email: Jennifer.mullins@state.nm.us

Stormwater Management

NMDOT’s stormwater management program ensures that projects conform to Environmental Protection Act regulations by helping project managers create Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and obtain National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Municipal Separate Storm Sew System (MS4) permits.   Good stormwater management practices can reduce runoff of from roads and improve water quality by filtering waste and pollution. Green stormwater management can promote the growth of vegetation and create opportunities to increase biodiversity in areas that store and filter stormwater.

Point of Contact:

Antonio Griego, Stormwater and MS4 Program Manager
Phone: 505-470-4967
Email: antonio.griego@state.nm.us

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image of stormwater concept

Stormwater Management

NMDOT’s stormwater management program ensures that projects conform to Environmental Protection Act regulations by helping project managers create Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP) and obtain National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Municipal Separate Storm Sew System (MS4) permits.   Good stormwater management practices can reduce runoff of from roads and improve water quality by filtering waste and pollution. Green stormwater management can promote the growth of vegetation and create opportunities to increase biodiversity in areas that store and filter stormwater.

Point of Contact:

Antonio Griego, Stormwater and MS4 Program Manager
Phone: 505-470-4967
Email: antonio.griego@state.nm.us

Illicit Discharge Info and Reporting

NMDOT National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Manual

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Revegetation and Erosion Control

Erosion control helps prevent infrastructure from being damaged by erosion and helps project managers conform with the Clean Water Act (CWA)  by reducing the amount of sediment and pollution that enters waterways.. Revegetation is often the best way to prevent erosion in areas along roadways that have been disturbed. In addition to stabilizing soil, revegetation filters pollutants, provides ecosystem services and can also enhance biodiversity.

Point of Contact:

John Busemeyer, Landscape & Revegetation Specialist
Phone: 505-490-3985
Email: John.Busemeyer@state.nm.us

Integrated Vegetation Management

Integrated vegetation management is the process of using appropriate, environmentally sound, and cost-effective treatments to eliminate invasive and undesirable plants and replace them with desirable species. The new vegetation can provide valuable resources to pollinator species, increase biodiversity, and promote ecosystem services.

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highway brush management image

Integrated Vegetation Management

Integrated vegetation management is the process of using appropriate, environmentally sound, and cost-effective treatments to eliminate invasive and undesirable plants and replace them with desirable species. The new vegetation can provide valuable resources to pollinator species, increase biodiversity, and promote ecosystem services.

Section Point of Contact:

William Hutchinson, Roadside Environment Design Section Supervisor
P.O. Box 1149
1120 Cerrillos Rd., Rm 206
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1149
Phone: 505-795-1275
Email: Williams.hutchinson@state.nm.us

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