Climate change is top of mind for everyone this summer as we deal with sweltering heat, wildfires, and a slow-to-start monsoon. As part of the state’s 50-year water plan, scientists have told New Mexicans to expect a 25% reduction in water supplies by 2070 – about 5% every decade – as a consequence of a […]
Water Resource Protection
Water management is one of the biggest problems we face in southwestern New Mexico. Our communities are dependent solely upon groundwater resources for our drinking water needs. With the specter of climate change and long-term drought, it is imperative that we determine how to use our water resources sustainably and create resilient water supply systems that will allow us to adapt to climate change impacts. Protecting our groundwater quality and implementing municipal and agricultural conservation are critical for stewarding our water resources over the long term.
By 2014, the region will need to decide how it intends to meet its water supply needs under the Arizona Water Settlements Act. At issue is whether we will spend over $300 million to divert Gila River water and sacrifice the health of the last free-flowing river in the state or if we will spend 16 times less to meet our water needs through cost-effective options like municipal and agricultural conservation or acquiring additional water rights and drilling new wells. Along with the Gila Conservation Coalition, GRIP promotes a common-sense approach to water management that meets our region’s future water needs while also protecting the Gila.
With funding from the NM Environment Department River Stewardship Program, Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP) has partnered with the Town of Silver City, Stream Dynamics, Gila WoodNet, and Lone Mountain Natives to address water quality impairments and threats to riparian habitat in San Vicente Creek. On-the-ground work begins the week of January 23 for approximately […]
NMED’s Surface Water Quality Bureau is overseeing cleanup of the spill site where approximately 2,000 gallons of asphalt emulsion were released into Jaybird Canyon on Monday, Sept. 26, after a truck owned by R. Marley, LLC overturned on State Highway 15 in the Gila National Forest. Because the spill occurred in the Gila National Forest, […]
PRESS RELEASE October 10, 2022 Media Contacts: Allyson Siwik, GRIP, 575-590-7619 Patrice Mutchnick, Heart of the Gila, 575-574-8342 Donna Stevens, UGWA, 575-590-5698 Todd Schulke, Center for Biological Diversity, 575-574-5962 Environmental Groups Demand Answers from State Agencies on Hwy 15 Spill Leaders of four Grant County-based environmental advocacy organizations wrote the State Police and Department of […]
In celebration of World Water Day 2022, GRIP’s Silver City Watershed Keepers is organizing a number of activities that highlight the importance of water to our community and environment. Observed on March 22 every year, World Water Day is an international celebration of water, raising awareness of the need for access to safe water for everyone. […]
The Silver City Watershed Keepers has received funding from New Mexico Clean and Beautiful and The 30Something Grant Program for restoration and beautification efforts in Big Ditch Park. Enjoyed by locals and tourists alike, Silver City’s Big Ditch Park is a unique riparian green space in the heart of downtown. However, it’s in desperate need […]
Outdoor Equity Fund Awards Grant to Silver City Watershed Keepers for Summer Camp Program By Leigh Jenkins, SCWK Coordinator “I’m bored.” As most parents can attest, this is a common complaint from kids everywhere during summer vacation. Unfortunately, here in Grant County, there are very limited opportunities for children to get outdoors during the summer […]
By Leigh Jenkins, SCWK Coordinator After months of online learning due to the pandemic, it was exciting for the Silver City Watershed Keepers (SCWK) to get outside this fall with students from Stout Elementary School in Silver City and Snell Middle School in Bayard. Along with our partner, Healthy Kids Healthy Communities Grant County, we […]
Through a partnership between the Town of Silver City and GRIP’s Silver City Watershed Keepers, the anti-litter program Pick It Up – Toss No Mas will hold its next Community Trash Cleanup on Saturday, November 20 from 9 am to 1:00 pm in the parking lot at Gough Park. Community Trash Cleanup brings volunteers together […]
By Leigh Jenkins, SCWK Coordinator In August, the Silver City Watershed Keepers (SCWK) kicked off its Adopt-A-Stream Program with a Stream Stewardship Workshop in Big Ditch Park. The Adopt-A-Stream program empowers citizens to steward our waterways by monitoring environmental quality of streams, cleaning up litter, and restoring riparian areas. The Stream Stewardship Workshop trained participants […]