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2019 Arid Regions Conference
Water Issues in the Arid Southwest
April 16 - 19, 2019



Final Agenda

Program Overview Brochure


As part of the Southwest Valley Flood Reduction Project, AMAFCA, Bernalillo County and the US Army Corps of Engineers teamed up to provide drainage infrastructure and flooding relief for tens of thousands of homeowners in the South Valley area of Albuquerque. Raven Pond is part of the Pond 187 complex of facilities that provides an off-line detention system for stormwater runoff from an area. The project consisted of a diversion structure to take flow from an irrigation drain, that functions as a storm water conveyance, to the Laguna de Cuervo Pond, thru the Raven Pond and back to the drain with a substantially reduced peak. The total project was constructed in 5 different projects and totaled $4 Million dollars.

Breaking Bad Tour
Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Miss Breaking Bad? Love Better Call Saul? We will bring the show to Life on our 3 hour Film location tour. You get to ride  in the Breaking Bad RV just like the one on the show.  Re-live the sights and sounds in our fully interactive, climate controlled Studio Film location Tour.  The Breaking Bad Tour includes your favorite locations, like Jesse's house, Chucky's, los Pollo's Hermanos, Jane's, Walt's, the Car Wash, Superlab and more includes new Better Call Saul locations and a light Lunch and drink at Los Pollos Hermano's. Relive the sights and sounds on this Award winning Tour. Register for this tour through the conference website; additional information is available here:   

Walking Ghost of Old Town Tour
Wednesday April 17, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Beneath the towering office buildings and twinkling lights of modern downtown Albuquerque lurk the memories of public hangings, duels, horrific murders and locations haunted by those who have passed over to the other side. Tales of vengeful lovers, gang fights and mysterious specters await around every turn. What better way to experience Albuquerque's history than to possibly come face to face with a spirit from the past? The 100-minute Albucreepy Downtown Ghost Walk will guide you past 1.3 miles of Albuquerque’s dark side, including historic (and reportedly haunted) sites such as the KiMo Theater, old Bernalillo County Courthouse, the Wool Warehouse, Freed Building, and more. Albucreepy tour guides are experienced paranormal investigators. As you walk, your guide will reveal vivid accounts of Albuquerque’s most popular ghosts, explain methods used to detect paranormal activity, and discuss previous investigations at downtown locations. This is an interactive exploration of Albuquerque’s haunted past and not a theatrical performance. While many tour participants have experienced unusual activity, we can’t guarantee ghostly phenomena. 
Register for this tour at this vendor:


The New Mexico Floodplain Managers Association (NMFMA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) are requesting submittal of abstracts for presentations at the 2019 Arid Regions Conference to be held April 16-19, 2018, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. You can contribute to making this an exceptional conference by participating with a presentation. This year’s agenda will be focused on three tracks: Floodplain Management, Stream Restoration/Bank Erosion Mitigation and a Technical Track. Share your story on water issues in the southwest: What issue did you address? How did you do it? What challenges did you encounter? How can our attendees learn from your experience? What technical tools do you use and how do you use them?


Download and complete the call for abstracts form:


Download Abstract Form

Email the completed form to:

*Note: The following information will be required: presentation title, author(s): name, contact information and brief bio (150 words max for bio),and abstract (300 words max for abstract).

ABSTRACTS DEADLINE: The Arid Regions conference is still accepting for quality presentations to finalize the agenda.  If you have a presentation that you would like to give, please fill out the attached form and send it to

Questions: contact Alandren Etlantus at