AMAFCA is the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority. Board Directors are elected on staggered six-year terms. AMAFCA is the local governmental agency responsible for planning, construction and maintenance of the major flood control facilities in the greater Albuquerque area. A five-member Board of Directors, elected from five districts governs AMAFCA. Districts 3 and 4 are up for election. The Board is charged with establishing policy for drainage regulation and is charged with implementing AMAFCA’s capital improvement program. The Board approves cost share agreements and joint use projects with the city, the county, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District and private parties. No salary, but Directors may choose to accept a per diem of $95 a day when conducting
Two positions are on the ballot, Director for District 3 and Director for District 4. Board directors are elected on staggered six-year terms.
Both candidates are unopposed.
Director, District 3
Tim P. Eichenberg
What qualifies you to be an AMAFCA board member? First elected to AMAFCA in 1994. Graduated from UNM. Realtor and property tax consultant. Having served on AMAFCA board for more than 20 years, I am dedicated to protecting life and property. I am keenly aware of AMAFCA’s limited resources. I will continue to partner with the City of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County to improve drainage facilities.
What is the most important issue facing AMAFCA? There ae many important issues; the most important is climate change. Flood control is our primary objective and we are overburdening an already-deteriorating infrastructure. The North and South Diversion Channels are more than 50 years old. As we see more and more flooding around the globe due to climate change, we need to work to upgrade our infrastructure.
How do you think AMAFCA should plan for extreme weather events? We have been planning and building flood control facilities since 1965 (the North Diversion Channel). As our city has grown, so has AMAFCA’s commitment to protecting life and property. AMAFCA’s 76 miles of arroyos and 71 dams and ponds that spread across Albuquerque and the county continue to protect at maximum strength against extreme events.
How should the communication between AMAFCA and the public be improved? We strive every day to communicate in an open and transparent dialogue with our government and resident partners. We all want the same things: a city safe from flooding, a river free from debris, and year-round recreational use of those facilities. Currently we have the Ladera Golf Course, Mariposa Soccer Fields, John Robert Dam Open Space, and many bicycle trails.
Director, District 4
Ronald Duffeld Brown
What qualifies you to be an AMAFCA board member? I have been an elected Board Member of AMAFCA since 1989, and am the current Board Chair. An AMAFCA Board member deals with engineering, construction, finance, real estate, legal and personnel, and I have experience in all of these areas. AMAFCA sells bonds on a regular basis to fund its capital projects, and ist has carried an AAA bond rating since 1994.
What is the most important issue facing AMAFCA? Quality for storm water discharges into the Rio Grande. AMAFCA manages storm water runoff, both to prevent flooding of property in the Albuquerque area, but also to deliver that storm water to the Rio Grande that has had floatables, solids and oils removed. Our goal is to deliver water to the Rio Grande is as clean (or cleaner) than the water within the river.
How do you think AMAFCA should plan for extreme weather events? AMAFCA builds and manages the major drainage channels and detention dams in the Albuquerque area. AMAFCA continues to build new facilities and improve existing ones to reduce flooding risks from extreme rainfall occurrences. AMAFCA is part of the regional emergency response team that monitors weather conditions, coordinates community action and disseminates updated information to the public.
How should the communication between AMAFCA and the public be improved? AMAFCA is a governmental organization that has a limited purpose. The elected Board consists of five directors who are unpaid. Many area citizens are unaware of AMAFCA’s role in the Albuquerque area, possibly because AMAFCA has kept the community safe from flooding and has a stable and high quality professional staff. Sometimes no news is good news.
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