4 On Your Side looks into water problem at bosque

Posted at: 08/16/2013 6:39 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

An unsightly and, at times, a smelly body of water along a popular running trail through Albuquerque’s Bosque has a viewer wondering if it’s a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

The viewer wrote: "The water contains debris, smells, and looks very unhealthy.  On a daily basis many people walk on the levy.  This appears to be a dangerous situation because mosquitoes are present in this area and can carry bacteria throughout Albuquerque.  Is it possible to get this water tested?"

4 On Your Side thought it was a good question and asked the City of Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department to inspect the water that has a green layer of sludge and trash.

"If you're coming along here and enjoying the beauty of the Bosque and see this it certainly gives you that 'not so fresh' kind of feeling," said Environmental Health Deputy Director, Mark DiMenna. 

DiMenna brought a team to meet KOB at the site, which is slightly east of Sagebrush Church on Albuquerque’s west side.  DiMenna’s team collected water samples in different areas of the pond looking for mosquito larvae and anything that could be harmful.  The team didn’t find mosquito larvae and determined the collecting water was intentional. 

"It's collecting storm water runoff so a lot of this trash and debris that you see that has washed in here,” DiMenna explained. 

Water and trash caught up in the west side’s storm drains flow through the pond.  Trash is stopped by a series of grates to prevent trash flow into the Rio Grande.  The area is unsightly, but urban biologists insist it’s healthy for the viability of the state’s river systems.