The Master Watershed Conservationist (MWC) program continues with the next forum: Urban Watershed Management and Water Quality. Forum 5 will be a two-part presentation summarizing water management in the City of Las Cruces. The goal of these presentations is to gain a better understanding of how water is managed, specifically within the urbanized watershed.
Part 1: Urban Water Management: Water treatment, distribution, and conservation will be presented by Rhonda Diaz, Water Conservation Program Coordinator/Las Cruces Utilities/Regulatory Environmental. Part 1 will be via ZOOM on February 8, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. The ZOOM meeting ID: (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83473366813 --- PW: MWCP). All those interested in attending the event can go to https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservation-program/ for a copy of the ZOOM link and to register.
Part 2: Urban Stormwater Management - Gray & green infrastructure, flood safety & mitigation and stormwater quality presented by Peter Bennett, Engineering Technician Sr./Las Cruces Public Works/Engineering & Architecture. Part 2 will be via ZOOM on February 15, 2022 at 5:30pm. The ZOOM meeting ID: (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83473366813 --- PW: MWCP). All those interested in attending the event can go to https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservation-program/ for a copy of the ZOOM link and to register. The Master Watershed Conservationist series has forums through May, and will engage volunteers in making decisions and implementing conservation projects in New Mexico’s southern Rio Grande watershed.
Eleven community organizations have come together under the leadership of the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District (DASWCD) to organize the Master Watershed Conservationist volunteer program, including the Caballo Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County Flood Commission, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, New Mexico State University Extension, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, Paso del Norte Watershed Council, and Spring Rains Consulting. The goal of the program is to promote the stewardship of southern New Mexico's Rio Grande watershed through equipping citizens with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions in the planning and management of the watershed, and engaging and empowering volunteers to play leadership roles, organize educational efforts, and implement conservation projects that address one or more critical conservation issues.The MWC program is open to all persons in high school and older.
The MWC program is particularly intent on recruiting persons interested in committing to volunteer to do conservation work in the Rio Grande valley. At this time, in support of local health guidelines the forums will be held via ZOOM. Registrants will be updated regularly when conditions allow future forums to be in person. For more information: https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservation-program/.