The Back Forty

Rio Rancho has a big problem. Trash. The west edge of the city has become an illegal dumping ground. Old tires, broken kid toys, toilets, and even household trash that usually goes in the city landfills is piling up. It could be the ease of it all. Roads were cut into the mesa when master planning was done which allows anyone to drive out on these dirt roads and dump whatever they want. It is illegal to do so, but it is also illegal to be using this area as a shooting range and that too happens quite often. On the weekends I grab my camera and set out in my truck to see what I could find. To my surprise, and broken heart, it does not take long for me to find a lot. "The Back Forty" is a term that refers to the area of a large tract of land that is used to store the old tractors, cars, and other things that are eventually forgotten. I chose this for the title of my project because it seems to describe what is happening to this part of Rio Rancho. Albuquerque owns some of the blame and should help bare some of the responsibility to clean it up. I live right near the border of the two cities and from the ground the area is seemingly one.

The Back Forty

Rio Rancho has a big problem. Trash. The west edge of the city has become an illegal dumping ground. Old tires, broken kid toys, toilets, and even household trash that usually goes in the city landfills is piling up. It could be the ease of it all. Roads were cut into the mesa when master planning was done which allows anyone to drive out on these dirt roads and dump whatever they want. It is illegal to do so, but it is also illegal to be using this area as a shooting range and that too happens quite often. On the weekends I grab my camera and set out in my truck to see what I could find. To my surprise, and broken heart, it does not take long for me to find a lot. "The Back Forty" is a term that refers to the area of a large tract of land that is used to store the old tractors, cars, and other things that are eventually forgotten. I chose this for the title of my project because it seems to describe what is happening to this part of Rio Rancho. Albuquerque owns some of the blame and should help bare some of the responsibility to clean it up. I live right near the border of the two cities and from the ground the area is seemingly one.

Below is aerial imagery from Google Earth which I used to find locations of illegal dumping.  
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