Tijeras Creek

Tijeras Creek

  • Tijeras Creek Restoration
Project: Tijeras Creek Restoration
Client: Multiple entities
Location: Tijeras, NM

More than ten years ago, the land comprising both Roosevelt and A. Montoya schools in Tijeras drained 16.5 acres of impermeable land into Tijeras Creek adjacent to the school property, creating massive erosion and 12-foot deep cuts along the stream bank. Adaptive Terrain Systems remediated the site, but funding was unavailable for upkeep, and it finally needed substantial maintenance. ATS designed new geometry to handle increased surface flow contributed by the schools and to be even more durable. During only a ¼” rainfall the site receives and processes the equivalent of 25 tanker trucks full of storm flow, much of which is absorbed into the land itself, and all of which is cleaned mechanically and biologically, depending on flow, by the site itself.