ALI’s rural research focuses on developing an environmental modeling and geodesign prototype to simulate, at a watershed scale, stormwater behavior. ALI’s current research builds on ten years of collaborative fieldwork in Northern New Mexico. The goal is to identify and implement appropriate recapture and control techniques for slowing erosion and deposition processes within ephemeral stream systems in the arid West. Ultimately, the purpose of the modeling is to support traditional agricultural communities adapting to hydrologic variability brought on by climate change.

Project Area Map, "An Updated Watershed-Base Plan for the Lower Embudo Watershed, NM"
The US Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] and the New Mexico Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau [NMED] have recently green-lighted a watershed-based planning process for More
ALI recently completed a 3-year grant funded by HUD, “Design Assistance for Water-and Energy-Wise Communities,” in which rural stormwater potentials have been mapped and modeled in the Lower Embudo More