Silver City Watershed Keepers

The Silver City Watershed Keepers is a volunteer environmental quality monitoring group coordinated by the Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP). Volunteers donate their time and talents to help protect our local Silver City watershed near where they live, work, and play through monitoring, community outreach and education. Their efforts provide quality data and build stewardship of the Silver City watershed.

The Silver City Watershed Keepers was created in 2010, as part of the Office of Surface Mining/Volunteers In Service To America (OSM/VISTA)’s Western Hardrock Watershed Team (WHWT) three-year grant program awarded to GRIP (2010-2013). The OSM/VISTA WHWT grant provides GRIP with a full-time volunteer position that fulfills the mission of the WHWT “to address environmental degradation and community impoverishment, providing rural mining communities with the skills and capacity they need to make their neighborhoods / watersheds better places to live and work.” Coordinated by the OSM/VISTA, GRIP has been able to mobilize community members to become “citizen scientists” for the Silver City Watershed Keepers. The past three years of OSM/VISTA leadership have been invaluable to the SCWK, as the capacity of SCWK has successfully grown with each new OSM/VISTA at GRIP.

For more information regarding the WHWT, visit the WHWT’s homepage,

*GRIP would like to thank the Norcross Foundation for awarding GRIP a grant to purchase its own monitoring equipment for the Silver City Watershed Keepers!

World Water Day 2017: San Vicente Creek Cleanup March 25th 9 am

Silver City Watershed Keepers hosts Big Ditch and San Vicente Creek Cleanup in Celebration of World Water Day In celebration of World Water Day, the Silver City Watershed Keepers will be hosting a clean-up event in Big Ditch Park on Saturday, March 25th at 9 am. Meet at 9 am in the Big Ditch Park […]


Summer 2015 Issue of GetAGRIP Now Available On-line

        Download the latest issue of GetAGRIP and find out more about the Little Rock Mine expansion, Freeport-McMoRan’s financial situation, Tyrone mine layoffs and the status on the Copper Rule. You’ll also get a preview of the 11th Annual Gila River Festival and the latest on the Arizona Water Settlements Act, Boston Hill […]

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Grant County Trails Guide Available Online

Grant County Trails Group’s Trails of Grant County Walking/Hiking Guide features some of the easiest, most accessible and best loved trails and walking areas in both Silver City and in the Mining District (Bayard and Santa Clara). Also, Grant County Trails Group has produced Trails of Grant County, a film that features local Grant County trails enthusiasts out and about on […]

Fall 2013 Get A GRIP Newsletter Now Online!

Get A GRIP Fall 2013 Newsletter is now available online! Features stories on AWSA and the Gila River, GRIP’s Copper Rules Appeal, AML’s Boston Hill Project, Sally Smith’s Retirement, Gila River Festival, and more! Find the online and downloadable version of the newsletter here, at Fall_2013_Get_A_GRIP. Below are the individual pages for the Fall Get A […]


Silver City Watershed Keepers Quarterly Monitoring Event – March 7, 1:00 pm

Silver City Watershed Keepers Quarterly Monitoring Event – March 7, 1:00 – 4:00 pm Volunteers for the Silver City Watershed Keepers will meet Thursday, March 7, at 1:00 p.m., at the stairwell at the Main Street Plaza, or Farmer’s Market Parking Lot (7th and Bullard Streets). Dave Menzie and Matt Schultz, of the New Mexico […]

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Silver City Watershed Keepers Online Survey

Help Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) make the Silver City Watershed Keepers a successful citizen’s water-quality monitoring group for Silver City’s Watershed. Please complete the on-line survey, and be sure to give us your sincere opinion! Thanks for your input and support!

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Historic Mining Sites

CLEVELAND MILL located on FOREST ROUTE 804, North of Silver City – Site ID NMD981155930 The Cleveland Mill superfund site was an abandoned lead, zinc, and copper mining and milling operation. Mill tailings and mine waste rock were discarded in several sites on the property during mining and processing activities. In the early 1980s, local […]

Historical Mining in Silver City

Google Earth Map The map below was created using Google Earth, and maps the locations at 32.802702° -108.266944°. Listed as historic mining sites are: Mountain Key Mine Pacific Mine Manhattan Mine Langston Mine Silver Hill Mine Pipe Stem Lead Hill Eighty Mountain Area Bear Mountain Group Volcano Group Atlas Group Boston Hill Luck Manganese Mine […]

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The Silver City Watershed

Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes. A watershed is an area of land that drains all the streams and rainfall to a common outlet such as the outflow of a reservoir, mouth of a bay, or any point along a stream channel. The watershed consists of surface water–lakes, streams, reservoirs, and wetlands–and all the […]

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Silver City Watershed Keeper’s Training

Volunteers are trained to monitor environmental conditions and parameters, such as temperature, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, turbidity, and stream flow. Watershed Keeper volunteers work to educate community members on environmental issues affecting the watershed and present findings from monitoring efforts. New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau (NMED-SWQB) assists in leading monitoring events, and […]

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