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Asphalt Cover at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
Last Updated: May 19, 2003
Site Information                                               
Site Name, Location:   Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM  USA
(EPA Region 6)
Site Type:   MSW landfill
Superfund Site:   No
Federal Facility:   Yes

Bottom liner:   No Climate:   The climate of Kirtland AFB is semi-arid, with a mean annual precipitation of 8.4 inches. The mean annual temperature is 69 degrees Fahrenheit. Evapotranspiration is approximately 95 percent of mean annual precipitation. Annual Precipitation:   8.4 inches Geologic Hydrogeologic Setting:   The boundary between the Manzanita Mountains and the Albuquerque-Belen Basin consists of a series of northeasterly trending faults and the northern end of the Hubbell Bench. Paleozoic and Precambrian rocks dominate the Manzanita Mountains. On Hubbell Bench the same Paleozoic and Precambrian rocks generally are covered with a thin veneer of pediment gravels, with exposed bedrock in a few places. In the Albuquerque-Belen Basin the Mesozoic, Paleozoic, and Precambrian rocks are faulted down and are buried by a thick sequence of Tertiary and Quaternary basin-fill deposits. The bulk of this basin-fill sequence is referred to as the Santa Fe Group which consists of alluvial fan, playa, and fluvial deposits. The thickness of the Santa Fe Group at Kirtland AFB ranges from less than 100 feet to more than 6,500 feet. The Santa Fe Group is composed of unconsolidated to slightly consolidated sediments ranging from poorly to well-sorted boulders to clay sized material. The lateral and vertical extent of individual beds varies significantly. The depth to water varies considerably in the Albuquerque-Belen Basin. In the topographically low Rio Grande flood plain, the depth to water is generally less than 15 feet. In pediment areas along the eastern side of the basin such as on the Hubbell Bench, the depth to water is generally less than 100 feet and in some areas springs issue from rocks cropping out on the Hubbell Bench. Between the Hubbell Bench and the Rio Grande flood plain, where the basin fill is deep and potentiometric surfaces are flatter than in the pediment areas, the depth to water is generally greater than 100 feet. The depth to water in part of Kirtland AFB ranges from approximately 560 feet along the eastern edge of the coverage to approximately 280 feet where Tijeras Arroyo flows out of the base.

Project Information                                              
Project Name:   Asphalt Cover at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM
Project Scale:   Full scale
Demonstration Program:   Not a demonstration project
Project Status:   Design

Cover Information                                              
 Cover Type:   Asphalt
Cover Size:   3 acres
Drainage Layer:   No
Biointrusion Layer:   No
Gas Collection Layer:   No
Designer Name:   Wilder Construction
Performance Data Available:   No
Reference(s)   Personal communication between Danielle Gratton, Tetra Tech EM Inc., and Jerry Thayer, Wilder Construction Company. March 1, 2002.

Point(s) of Contact                                           
Primary Contact
Organization:   Wilder Construction Company
Name:   Jerry Thayer, MatCon Program Manager
Address:   1525 East Marine View Drive, Everett, WA 98201-1927
Phone:   425-551-3100
Fax:   425-551-3316
Web Address:

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