— May 28, 2021
Join us on May 28th at 3:30 pm to hear Ashlee Rudolph from the US Bureau of Reclamation present:
“Identification of San Acacia Reach Options”
Abstract: The Identification of San Acacia Reach Options (ISARO) is Phase 1 of a larger planning effort for the lower San Acacia Reach of the Middle Rio Grande. The effort was initiated by Reclamation's Albuquerque Area Office Manager to coordinate both internally and with stakeholders on improving water delivery, managing sediment, and enhancing ecosystem conditions for endangered species between the Hwy 380 bridge (rive mile 87.1) and the top of the narrows within Elephant Butte Reservoir (river mile 45.3). The purpose of ISARO is to gather stakeholder perspectives and identify key uncertainties to investigate during the next phase of the planning effort. ISARO began in the fall of 2020 when stakeholders were asked to develop concepts for the reach that they believed would assist with improving water conveyance, sediment management, and ecosystem conditions. Those concepts were compiled, discussed, and refined during a stakeholder workshop in December. Following the workshop, a small group with representatives from each stakeholder organization was convened to take the outcomes and develop Options in a standardized format to allow for comparison. Standardized Options were submitted in April 2021 and are currently being compiled and evaluated. Options will be presented to senior management of the stakeholder organizations and a determination on key uncertainties to evaluate during the next phase should be reached by summer 2021. The remaining phases of the effort include: Phase 2. Evaluation of Key Uncertainties and Limitations, Phase 3. Implementation Plan and Environmental Compliance, and Phase 4. Finalize Project Designs.
Speaker Biography: Ashlee Rudolph is a Project Manager for the Albuquerque Area Office and has worked within the San Acacia reach of the Middle Rio Grande since 2017. After earning a master’s degree in Environmental Science from Portland State University, Ashlee began her professional career working for the Lower Colorado Multi-Species Conservation Program in Boulder City, NV where she led the planning and implementation of habitat restoration projects. After six years of working on the lower Colorado River, she took a position with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife managing their habitat restoration program on the Columbia River out of Vancouver, WA, followed by experience at the Bonneville Power Administration ensuring compliance for restoration efforts throughout the Columbia Basin. Missing the sunshine, she gladly returned to the southwest, moving to Albuquerque in 2017. Having worked in several river basins throughout the western United States Ashlee recognizes that most basins are battling similar issues, yet elements of each basin present their own unique set of challenges. When Ashlee is not working, she’s enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the southwest with her husband and dog, Finn.
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This is the fith presentation for the Aquifer Mapping Program 2021 Seminar Series: