SFWA National River Clean Up Day


SATURDAY JUNE 14th 9:30  – 12:00



All this picture needs is YOU!

All this picture needs is YOU!


We are looking for voluteers like you who thrive on fun, have an insatiable curiosity, a fondness of water, to help rescue precious 21st century objects from our hometown River!

Never has Anthro-archeo-urbanology been more rewarding! Most items are identifiable, have no hidden meanings, and have little regulatory designations. Find a bicycle frame – haul it home – its yours. Best of all you will be rescuing the Santa Fe River from discarded items from the Plastic Age.

Buddy power

On June 14th SFWA experts well trained in River excavation techniques will train, register and assign you a site along the SANTA FE RIVER .


We promise a find every few minutes, a memorable day, and a lucky winner of a LA BOCA/TABERNA will have dinner on us, and more.


See you Saturday.

Earth Day at the Railyard Park

Earth Day 2014-front and back-web-v2 On Saturday April 26th, the Santa Fe Watershed Association will be at the Railyard Park for an Earth Day event!

Come on by and visit with us and check out all of the other cool stuff   happening!




Whole Foods Local Heroes Facebook Fundraiser

Whole Foods Facebook Local Heroes Fundraiser is on until the end of April!

You can help the Santa Fe Watershed Association reach 1000 votes and receive a donation of $1000 from Whole Foods Santa Fe.  It’s very simple! All you have to do is visit Whole Foods Santa Fe’s Facebook page and “like” our photo (follow this link).  The vote is open until the end of April, so help us by liking the photo and sharing with your friends!


Preparing for Wildfire Neighborhood Meeting

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City of Santa Fe Water Division Update

 March 21, 2014

 City of Santa Fe Water Division Update

The City of Santa Fe Water Division is currently managing the reservoir releases of surface water out of McClure Reservoir to keep the reservoir at acceptable storage levels, prepare for spring runoff, and avoid abnormally high elevations of stored water over extended periods of time. These reservoir management releases to the Santa Fe River will help improve the quality of the raw water supply for the Canyon Road Water Treatment Plant by mobilizing accumulated sediment and debris in the river channel above the water treatment plant intake; allow future snowmelt and spring runoff to be captured for our drinking water supply; and safely allow future drawdown of the volume of water within McClure Reservoir to allow for the intake tower reconstruction scheduled in September of 2014. These actions by the Water Division continue the commitment to maximize the availability of a reliable supply of drinking water to its customers, while fulfilling prior obligations to irrigators and a Living Santa Fe River.

“The water storage level of McClure Reservoir is approaching 78% of total storage capacity,” said Alex Puglisi, Interim Source of Supply Manager. “We are currently experiencing one of the longest periods of time that the water storage level of McClure Reservoir has been near, or above, 80% of total storage capacity since the construction of the reservoir in 1926. Maintaining these levels with the probability of increased inflows due to spring snowmelt and the record-breaking precipitation events that we experienced last Summer and Fall would not be in the City’s best interest. One precipitation event during Fall 2013 raised McClure’s storage levels by 21% of total reservoir storage volume. If you do the math, the result is not a good place to be in terms of dam safety or the preservation of our water supply.”

At this point, these storage levels are more a function of current dam rehabilitation activities at our downstream Nichols reservoir than any other factor such as snow accumulation in the watershed or precipitation.

Much of the reservoir management releases of approximately 5 million gallons, or 8 cubic feet per second, from McClure Reservoir will be treated for drinking water with some bypass flows continuing into the Santa Fe River channel below Nichols Reservoir – the majority of which will be utilized by the Acequia Madre. City of Santa Fe residents and visitors will eventually see a steady flow of water in the river this spring, as planned target flows under the City’s Living River Ordinance occur from mid-April through June following a normalized hydrologic curve approximating local patterns of snowmelt and spring runoff flows. These flows will increase through mid-May, peaking in late May, and eventually decrease in June and throughout the remaining summer months except for periodic increases due to expected monsoonal season runoff. The Water Division is committed to the beneficial use of any released water to the maximum extent practicable until McClure reservoir is completely empty for planned dam renovations starting September 1, 2014. The Water Division posts and updates the reservoir water storage levels on the City’s new website at http://www.santafenm.gov/daily_water_production_reports.

Give Grande NM!


Get ready to give, New Mexico! On May 6th, the Santa Fe Watershed Association is participating in the Give ¡Grande! NM fundraising event.  Help us make this day a success by letting your friends and family know about the event, and by donating on May 6th!

From the Give Grande NM website:

In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Community Foundations, The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico(Coalition), comprised of the Albuquerque, Taos, Southern New Mexico, New Mexico and Santa Fe Community Foundations, is supporting New Mexico to participate in a national day of community giving. The nationwide initiative, Give Local America, also takes place May 6, 2014. Over 100 communities across the US, with the help of their own community foundations, will host local giving events to support local causes and organizations. Each local gift will be amplified with dollars from a national incentive pool of funds, plus New Mexico will also have its own, additional incentive prizes!

This 24-hour event, led by the Coalitionwill raise as much money as possible for our local nonprofits via easy-to-use online fundraising. It will reignite the spirit of giving in our communities and provide opportunities for statewide nonprofits to get their creative juices flowing, while creating fun, engaging events for donors, old and new.

Help us make this an event to remember!


Registration Now Open for NM Climate Masters

Become a New Mexico Climate Master by attending a five-week class that explores ways to reduce our carbon and water footprints and teach others how to make a difference in response to climate change. Every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-8:00 p.m. from March 3 through April 2, 2014. Click here for more info.

Love Your River Day 2014

Love Your River Day 2014

Santa Fe River Clean Up at Frenchy’s Field  – Saturday February the 15th, 2014

9:30am –  Noon

Coffee, donuts, and door prizes will be available for all volunteers!

Frenchy’s Field Barn is at Osage and Agua Fria

Please RSVP sfwastewards@santawatershed.org

SFWA’s response to Toys R Us ad

Santa Fe Watershed Association’s response to the recent Toys R Us ad mocking outdoor education. Please view the Toys R Us video first!

Toys R Us video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5SXybm6bss

SFWA’s video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbpQJXvMB8s

After watching the recent Toys R Us ad mocking outdoor education, we at the Santa Fe Watershed Association were so infuriated that a toy company would imply that spending time in nature was boring that we decided to seek out the benefits of outdoor education. First, we mock a trip to a toy store and then highlight the benefits of educating students in the outdoors using stills from our My Water, My Watershed program that reaches over 1,000 students annually. We had a great deal of fun piecing this video together and hope that you enjoy watching this as much as we enjoyed working on it. If you value the power of getting people outside, please support our small non-profit with a $5 donation at santafewatershed.org . Thank you for watching and please remember that no toys were harmed during the filming of this video.

“Hunter’s Moon” Clean-Up

Santa Fe River “Hunter’s Moon” Clean-Up

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Clean-Up: 10:00am – Noon

Picnic: 12:30 – 2:00pm

Where: Monsignor Patrick Smith Park (on East Alameda) in Santa Fe

The October Full Moon (October 18, 5:38 PM mountain time, 2013) is the Hunter’s Moon.

The Clean-Up –  This is our third All-River Clean-Up of 2013.

Teamwork MASTERS Program 8-1-13)Help us hunt for trash — and treasures — in the Santa Fe River, after our monsoon run-off events and before the first freeze.

Our 30 Adopt-the-River volunteer Steward groups turn out together three times/year — this being the third time in 2013 — and community members are invited to join us, from 10:00 am – Noon, for this all-hands, all-along-the-river clean-up.

Form a team, or just come join the fun.

— Prize for the most trash collected — first-come, first-serve, to reserve the ‘baaaddd-est” reaches for your team).

— Prize for the largest team.

— Prize for the most interesting treasure found.

— Prize for forecasting the night of the first freeze in the Fall of 2013. (We’ll award it after the first freeze at the airport.)

— Prize for the best pie (Even if you can’t join us in the river that morning, you could bake a pie to treat the volunteers!)

— Raffles for Santa Fe Watershed ball cap, blanket & Kleen Kanteen water bottle

The Annual Thank You Picnic for Adopt-the-River Stewards and Sponsors

If you are one of our Fabulous Stewards and Sponsors,

Please, please do join us for our 2013 Thank You Picnic, 12:30-2:00pm, at Patrick Smith Park.

Stewards, come thank your Sponsors. Sponsors, come thank the Stewards…

… and hear stories about the treasures — the $50 bill, the lost-and-found purse, the garter snakes, the elm roots and dry brush, and the mountains of trash — they’ve found in the river this year.

… and let us thank you all for so totally showing up for the Santa Fe River all year.

Sponsored by the Santa Fe Watershed Association & The City of Santa Fe

Please RSVP to Keely by Wednesday, October 16

Adopt-the-River Steward Coordinator, 820-1696, stewards@santafewatershed.org