JOHN D. ALLEN NAMED FLOOD COMMISSIONER FOR DOÑA ANA COUNTY

JOHN D. ALLEN NAMED FLOOD COMMISSIONER FOR DOÑA ANA COUNTY

Gov. Bill Richardson has named John D. Allen of Las Cruces as Doña Ana County’s new flood commissioner. Allen has taken office and will serve through June of 2007.

A retired project manager, Allen has worked in both the governmental and private sectors since 1969. He has two degrees from New Mexico State University, a bachelor’s degree in animal science and a master’s degree in agricultural economics. His master’s thesis was titled “Water rights transfers in the Rio Grandé Valley of New Mexico.” He also is author of “Santa Teresa: A model of Conservation Foresight.”

Allen, who will be paid $1 per year for his service, is past president of both the New Mexico Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society and the Southwest New Mexico Section of the New Mexico Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.

The Flood Commission is established in accordance with the New Mexico State Statutes, and since January of 1988, the Flood Commission has been working on the maintenance, repair and upgrade of Doña Ana County’s many flood-control structures, as well as the construction of new flood-control structures throughout the county. Other projects are being developed and will be implemented as funding becomes available.

The Flood Commission has expanded its assistance to protect the health and welfare of citizens within Doña Ana County to include the following:

* Identify areas where there is a 1 percent or greater chance of damaging floods each year (one damaging flood per 100 year period or less)

* Assist property owners in determining where their property is located in relationship to flood-hazard areas
Investigate flooding areas and storm water runoff damage during and after heavy rainfall events

* Monitor the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance in order to maintain and minimum standard for coverage under the National Flood Insurance Program.

* Study methods for reducing flood losses, including dikes, diversions, waterways and dams.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 525-5801.