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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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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@dot.nm.gov

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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@dot.nm.gov

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@dot.nm.gov

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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@dot.nm.gov

Utility Revegetation

Restoration of the highway right-of-way disturbed by excavations or grading work performed by the facility owner shall include revegetation as specified in the NMDOT Standard Specifications for Highway and Bridge Construction Section 632 ‘Seeding’. This work shall consist of reseeding all areas which are denuded of vegetation during the facility’s construction operations. The reseeding work by the facility owner will be subject to prior approval, inspection and acceptance by the NMDOT district permitting agent or staff. The permitting agent duties shall include but not be limited to: pre-approval of submittal for seeding, pre-seeding meeting, inspections, and acceptance. NMDOT permit agents shall be certified in Section 632 Seeding as per NMDOT training. To reduce maintenance from erosion caused by unprotected soils and the spread of noxious weeds harmful to New Mexico agriculture, areas disturbed by utility work which are larger than .25 acre in size shall follow standard Class A and Class C seeding requirements as per Section 632 ’Seeding’. Areas .25 acre in size or smaller with no minimum square footage shall follow Section 632 ‘Seeding’ requirements for Modified Class A treatment with the following minimum operations: (1) After trenches are backfilled and compacted, soil is to be regraded to establish grades matching adjacent grades. (2) Bare areas are to have NMDOT seed mix for the region evenly applied at twice the normal rate into the top 1/2” of disturbed area so that no seed is exposed when complete. (3) Fertilizer as per 632.2.3 shall be evenly applied as the same time as the seed.

The contractor shall provide the following for revegetation submittal:

  1. Map or image of area to be reseeded that includes the class of seeding that will be applied and the size of each seeding area.
  2. List of materials and quantities that will be used for each class of seeding according to the materials calculator table below. All materials must appear on the NMDOT approved products list.

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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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@dot.nm.gov

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