SANTA FE WATERSHED ASSOCIATION

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 1413 Second St. Santa Fe NM 87505 USA

Mission: The Santa Fe Watershed Association formed to restore the Santa Fe River to a living river; to protect the long-term integrity of the watershed of the Santa Fe River, from Lake Peak to the Rio Grande; to balance human uses with natural resource protection within the Santa Fe River watershed; and to accomplish these goals through education and research, by providing input into governmental planning, permits and projects, and by engaging in on-the-ground projects of riparian and watershed restoration. The Santa Fe Watershed Association will strive to find common ground among different points of view regarding treatment of the river and its watershed. Where our research brings us to a conclusion that there is one best course of action, we will advocate that course of action civilly and respectfully among the citizens of the Santa Fe watershed and if necessary in the wider political arena.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Santa Fe Watershed Association (SFWA) is active in three major areas: education, advocacy, and restoration around Santa Fe's river and watershed. SFWA is a clearinghouse in Santa Fe and NM for watershed issues and serves as an umbrella for Santa Fe's community in engaging our watershed. Most recently, SFWA played a key role in winning passage of a Living River Ordinance, which has made Santa Fe the first city in New Mexico to set aside water to keep the river flowing through our community. For the first time in my lifetime, the Santa Fe river is flowing. Thanks to SFWA for bringing together the community and helping to bring watershed management efforts to a higher level in NM.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

In New Mexico, water is life, el agua es la vida. The Santa Fe Watershed Association works to return the Santa Fe River to a living river bringing life to the earth, plants, animals and people of New Mexico. This is essential to the continued survival of our interconnected habitats & communities. Santa Fe Watershed Association is ensuring continued sustainability in NM through advocacy, outreach, education and hands-on approaches.

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The Santa Fe Watershed Association is a remarkable organization that is active in three major areas: education, advocacy, and restoration. Among other things, they lead hikes into the protected upper watershed area, teach students in Santa Fe's schools, lead workshops about adapting to climate change, organize tree plantings along the river, and run the successful Adopt-the-River program. Most recently, the Santa Fe Watershed Association played a key role in winning passage of a Living River Ordinance, which has made Santa Fe the first city in New Mexico to set aside water to keep the river flowing through our community.

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Seeing the Santa Fe River transformed through restoration projects, tree plantings, and dedicated flows, and seeing the growing public awareness of the value of our river and the need to protect our watershed.

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Make sure more people know about its work and how to become involved!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

By participating in tree plantings and river clean-up events.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Restoring the Santa Fe River to a living river.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Protecting and restoring the Santa Fe Watershed so that it sustains the human and natural communities that depend on it.

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