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Draft Environmental Assessment for the Prescribed Endemic Refuge Connected Habitat Areas Project, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and Bernalillo County have completed the Draft Environmental Assessment for the Prescribed Endemic Refuge Connected Habitat Areas Project, Bernalillo County, New Mexico (DEA). The South Valley Wellness Ecosystem, or Prescribed Endemic Refuge Connected Habitati Areas (PERCHAs)  project (Proposed Action), is a collaboration between the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (Service),  Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge (NWR), and Bernalillo County (County) New Mexico, to develop habitat areas on County properties within County-owned and -maintained drainage facilities. The Valle de Oro NWR and Bernalillo County have prepared the PERCHAs Plan (Plan). Under the Proposed Action as described in the Plan, the County and Valle de Oro NWR will work together to establish forage and habitat areas for wildlife with the goal of linking County properties in the Albuquerque South Valley with the Valle de Oro NWR so that the PERCHAs are viewed as one whole system of habitat areas. The County has developed the Plan to “connect” the properties through enhancement of wetted habitat and vegetative species on the properties and storm drain outfall areas and relating them back to the Valle de Oro NWR interpretively. The initial pilot project facilities and future projects are on lands owned by Bernalillo County under the Parks and Recreation and Open Space Departments management in the Albuquerque South Valley. This DEA focuses on four initial properties: the Los Padillas, McEwen Pond, Mountain View, and Sanchez Farm properties. The long-term vision for the Proposed Action is to create a distributed network of wildlife habitat areas throughout the Rio Grande Valley in Bernalillo County that are connected by ditches maintained by the County’s Public Works Division, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Food Control Authority.

The DEA is electronically available for viewing and copying on the Bernalillo County website by clicking here. 

Or, a PDF copy will be emailed upon written request to:


Or, write to: 

Tetra Tech
Alaina Pershall
6121 Indian School Road NE, Suite 205
Albuquerque, NM 87110

If a hard copy is required, please provide a mailing address.

Paper copies of this document are also available for review at:

South Valley Library.
3904 Isleta Blvd SW,
Albuquerque, NM 87105


Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge
7851 2nd Street SW
Albuquerque, NM 87105


The public review period is from June 10, 2019 to July 10, 2019. Written comments should be sent to Alaina Pershall at the above address and will be accepted until 4 p.m., July 10, 2019. A public meeting discussing the project will be held on June 19, 2019 from 6-7:30 p.m.  at the Rio Bravo Senior Center, 3910 Isleta Blvd SW.



Carlito Springs Improvements

The county will continue to develop Carlito Springs according to the 2012 Cultural Landscape Report and Master Plan. Building on the improvements completed in 2014, the county is using State Capital Outlay funds to design water system improvements and rehabilitation of the main house and the cabins. Programming and space needs are being explored for an intergovernmental research center, retreat center, and possible baracks for volunteers working within the Bernalillo County Open Space Program. Part of the effort will be to determine appropriate site strategies and locations for ADA access to the historic main house, including an accessible picnic area. Site landscaping plans will focus on rehabilitation of the historic pools, planting beds and orchards, as well as appropriate weed and integrated pest management, a forest management plan and wildlife habitat restoration. Future programming at Carlito Springs will include land health monitoring, youth education programs and volunteer efforts such as SiteWatch and the Carlito Springs Volunteer Cohort.

Status: Bidding

Project Planner | John Barney
Email: jcbarney@bernco.gov
O: (505) 314-0404 C: (505) 933-1113

Project Engineer: Lisa Manwill

Parks Project Manager: Phyllis Thormahlen


For more information, please visit our Public Works Project page.

Phase 1: Trail, Parking, and Spring Rehabilitation

Construction Cost: $900,000
Construction Completion: 2015

Phase 2: Site Infrastructure and Caretaker Unit Rehabilitation

Estimated Construction Cost: $1.3 million
Estimated Construction Start: March 2019
Estimated Construction Completion: Fall 2019

Phase 3: Main House Rehabilitation

Estimated Cost: $950,000
Estimated Construction Start: Fall 2019
Estimated Construction Completion: Summer 2020

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