Increased collaboration across the state of New Mexico seeks to improve the health and safety of the New Mexico’s watersheds to mitigate the potential for catastrophic wildfire and to secure a more certain and sustainable water supply to the state’s citizens through the development and implementation of comprehensive and connected watershed plans and hazardous fuel reduction strategies across landownerships and jurisdictions.
The Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance (GRGWA) is a collaboration of soil and water conservation districts, Pueblos, agencies and stakeholders along the Middle Rio Grande Watershed working on landscape-scale watershed restoration.
The Otero Working Group had been meeting monthly and effectively coordinating among state and federal agencies to identify and implement forestry and fuels reduction projects. However, the group wanted to expand project planning and implementation to watershed scale, to broaden activities beyond fire and fuels reduction, to engage additional partners, and to become more strategic in developing working group program of work.
The Grant County Eco-Watershed Planning Group was established in 2013. The chair of the group, County Commissioner Gabriel Ramos, invited representatives from the Forest Service, Wood Products Industry, Environmental Organizations and local community members to serve as voting members for the Planning Group for one term (One-Year). The main purpose of the group has been to provide recommendations to the county commissioners. Although voting is limited to the membership identified by the County Planning Group chair, meetings are open to the public. Other individuals from government agencies, non-profit organizations, wood products industry and community citizens attended these meetings. The main benefit of this group, as identified by multiple members and meeting participants, has been to share information about what various organizations are doing within the county.
The purpose of the Estancia Basin Watershed and Forest Health Experimental Monitoring Project is to evaluate the effects of thinning programs and other treatment options on groundwater recharge, vegetation, wildlife, and other resources within the Estancia Basin. The study evaluates four test sites in ponderosa pine and piñon/juniper forests. This is a cooperative effort among the Edgewood, East Estancia, and Claunch-Pinto Soil and Water Conservation Districts. Funding is provided by the New Mexico Water Trust Board
The purpose of this Watershed Restoration Round Table is to facilitate a conversation about watershed restoration and monitoring that will lead to continued improvements in the ways that we all collaborate to best serve the watersheds and citizens of New Mexico and the Southwest.
The North Sacramento Mountains Working Group was established in 2016 to help coordinate planning efforts in the northern Sacramento Mountains area.