ABQ’s North Diversion Chanel is a Dumping Ground for the City’s Unclaimed Everything


August 11, 2023, 11:04 pm


Posted: 8/11/2023 @ 4:44PM

Albuquerque – Within the northern outskirts of the city of Albuquerque, there’s a fascinating un-named place where all the water from the cities drainage system dumps into. It might sound like a mouthful, but it’s actually quite an interesting spot!

The North Diversion Channel is like a big waterway that helps manage the cities rainwater and keeps the city safe from flooding. Think of it as a giant drain for rain! And at the end of this channel, there’s a special area where the water flows into. Here the water festers and provides life for numerous creatures until it eventually dries up.

This week, our team was notified that AFR and BCFD were going to be searching the area for without sugar coating it, bodies. We grabbed our drone and Lalo and headed over to the North Diversion Channel End Point on 4th street near Roy Road.

As we arrived, we noticed the sounds of nature all around us. We also noticed what looked like a mini lake within the city! There were tall walls on either side of the channels that fed the lake, covered in colorful graffiti and artwork. Some of the paintings even told stories about the city’s history.

We chatted with a friendly man who was walking his dog by the channel. He told us that this place wasn’t just about water and walls; it was also a spot where people could enjoy the outdoors. There were paths for biking, jogging, and walking. We also saw families riding their bikes along the trail.

But the coolest part was the big open space at the end of the channel. It was like a mini park with a very small lake, albeit a lake littered with trash and discarded filth from all over the city.

As we explored by air, we saw ducks paddling in the water and birds flying overhead. It was a haven for wildlife right in the heart of the city!


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