Madrid Stormwater Improvement Project



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Mining and Minerals Division Continues with Crucial Erosion Control Work in Madrid, August 2014

 The Abandoned Mine Land Program is working to install permanent erosion control measures on and around historic coal mine waste piles in Madrid to protect local property and businesses from stormwater damage. In September 2013, Madrid was impacted by flood damage resulting from heavy rainstorms. In October 2013 MMD completed temporary stormwater protection measures and is now working on permanent installations.

Rangeland Hands, a contractor under the direction of MMD, is currently working to stabilize areas at the most heavily impacted area along the east slope of town. Workers are installing rock-lined channels and drop structures and will replace temporary concrete Jersey barriers with architectural precast concrete barriers for erosion control and storm water diversion.

The improvements to minimize storm damage by water run-off are federally funded by the Office of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Enforcement (OSM) through the state’s AML Program. This phase of construction is expected to cost $600,000. 

In conjunction with residents, property owners and civic organizations, the AML Program is evaluating options to stabilize additional hill slopes and drainages and direct storm flows away from homes and businesses.

Rock waiting to be placed in channels. The temporary Jersey barriers on the left will be replaced with architectural precast concrete units.

Rock waiting to be placed in channels. The temporary Jersey barriers on the left will be replaced with architectural precast concrete units.

Hand fitting small rock into a large rock drop structure

Hand fitting small rock into a large rock drop structure

Hand-build “Zuni bowl” drop structures

Hand-build “Zuni bowl” drop structures


Madrid Flood Repair Work Completed in October 2013

In October 2013, the Abandoned Mine Land (AML) Program completed repair work near local businesses and property in Madrid caused by flood damage that occurred from heavy rainstorms in September. Through a collaborative effort between the New Mexico Historic Preservation Division and the AML Program, the Mining and Minerals Division (MMD) was able to accelerate projects to address the recent flood damage.

“I am pleased that the Abandoned Mine Land Program was able to respond quickly to reduce the chances for further flood damage to historic and newer buildings in Madrid,” said Mining & Minerals Division Director Fernando Martinez. “Projects such as this demonstrate the Mining and Minerals Division’s commitment to protect public health and safety and property at abandoned mine sites in New Mexico.”

Rain runoff from an old coal mine waste pile had led to significant damage in the historic mining town. Contractors under the direction of the Mining & Minerals Division worked on the east slope of town to remove the slurry of coal gob (coal and other mineral by-products from coal mining.) Workers installed earthen berms and precast concrete Jersey barriers to serve as temporary storm water diversion measures. Crews also resurfaced driveways and land with base course (gravel) surfacing to make roadways accessible and to carry storm water downhill.

The temporary improvements to minimize further storm damage by water run-off were federally funded by the Office of Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Enforcement (OSM) through the state’s AML Program and cost $96,000.

A long-term, comprehensive plan is under development to address the effects of past coal mining practices on the east side of Madrid, where the adverse impacts from historic mining are greatest in the community. The AML Program proposes to stabilize hill slopes and drainages and direct storm flows away from homes and businesses.

Post-storm gob slurry as seen following the September 2013 storms

Post-storm gob slurry as seen following the September 2013 storms

Improvements implemented under the direction of the AML Program

Improvements implemented under the direction of the AML Program

 

 

 

 

 

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