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 […]
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.
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 […]
The Silver City Watershed Keepers (SCWK) will kick off its Adopt-A-Stream Program with a Stream Stewardship Workshop on Saturday, August 28th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM 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 […]
New Mexico Water Advocates Applaud Biden Administration Decision to Repeal Trump-era Dirty Water Rule
For Immediate ReleaseThursday, June 8, 2021 Contact: Rachel Conn at 575-770-8327 or email@example.com Allyson Siwik at 575-590-7619 or firstname.lastname@example.org Paula Garcia at 505-231-7752 or email@example.com Liliana Castillo at 575-219-9619 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Charlie DeSaillan at 505-819-9058 or email@example.com New Mexico Water Advocates Applaud Biden Administration Decision to Repeal Trump-era Dirty Water RuleCurrent law leaves 90% of […]
While the COVID-19 pandemic shut down most community events in 2020, Silver City Watershed Keepers (SCWK) marked its 10th year by moving forward with programs to promote watershed education and stewardship, water quality monitoring, water conservation, trash removal and climate resilience, all while following COVID-safe practices. Before the pandemic hit, SCWK assisted students from Guadalupe […]
New Mexico Groups Appeal EPA’s Dirty Water Rule June 23, 2020 – Today three New Mexico based organizations – Amigos Bravos, the New Mexico Acequia Association, and Gila Resources Information Project – joined together to appeal the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers so called Navigable Water Protection Rule (“2020 […]
State regulators will be holding hearings on the Copper Flat Mine, located in Hillsboro, NM. New Mexico Copper Corporation has applied for a groundwater discharge permit from the NM Environment Department and a mining permit from the NM Mining and Minerals Division. The New Mexico Environment Department public hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September […]