Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Hillside To Be Regraded.(Journal North)

Byline: Gary E. Salazar Journal Staff Writer

RENOVATION at CEMETERY

* Project could violate city's drought restrictions

A $750,000 federal grant is funding a renovation project at Santa Fe National Cemetery, where more than 6,000 headstones will be removed and reset on a newly graded and landscaped hillside.

But the project could place the cemetery at odds with the city if Stage 2 drought restrictions remain in place when it is completed, according to a city water official.

The cemetery has already been fined several times for violating the city's watering restrictions and could face further sanctions if it follows through on plans that call for the planting of new sod, which is prohibited by the city under Stage 2.

The project will require that the new grass be watered more than three times a week, which is all that is currently allowed by the city, said Dan Ransom, city water education and compliance specialist. …

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