Work on Northern Portion of New Bosque Trail Postponed
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The work on the northern portion of the new bosque trail in Albuquerque is being suspended by the City of Albuquerque. The decision was made on Wednesday after a long meeting with the opponents of the project.

Barbara Taylor, director of Albuquerque parks and recreation said that the city will seek a federal permit for the trail, as a precautionary measure, thought the officials don’t think that it is necessary. She argues that the trail is not a new one, it just replaces what was already a beaten path.

According to Taylor, the federal permit will take around two weeks, so the stretch of the trail will not be completed before April, which is the nesting season for the birds. Instead of this project, the city will finish any remaining work in late summer, said Taylor.

The work on the Southern part of the trail will continue. The city officials consider both the trails as two different projects, one in the northern part and another in the southern part, mentioned Taylor.

The trail is about a mile and half long, from Central Avenue to Interstate 40 which is east of the river. The work will be stopped on the portion which is north of a siphon operated by irrigators.

A coalition of environmental groups has opposed this trail, which is made of crushed rocks. They said that the city administration started the work, before the public comment process was completed. They also said that the project didn’t get required approva… MORE

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