e-Currents Newsletter January/February 2018


 2018 Next Generation          Water Summit
April 29 - May 1, 2018
 Santa Fe Community
  Convention Center
 201 W. Marcy Street
     Santa Fe, NM 

The Summit brings together builders, designers, architects, and water professional to share best practices on water conservation and water re-use and to brainstorm ideas for new solutions through charrettes.   Register here .

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Culture, Climate and

73rd Annual Soil & 
Water Conservation Society Conference

July 29 - August 1, 2018
ABQ Convention Center
Albuquerque, NM 

A forum for conservation professionals from around the world to come together to discuss successes and challenges, combat shared obstacles, and accelerate conservation efforts. In addition to learning about some of the management challenges that face ecosystems worldwide, participants will experience the vibrant culture of New Mexico through Local Forum and Flavor event, witness conservation efforts first-hand through tours, and will hear from leading speakers in the conservation field. For more information, click here.

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Rally for the Rio 2018
September 29, 2018
1 - 6pm
County Line Pullout along the Rio Grande south of Pilar, NM

The National Wild and Scenic Rivers system was created by Congress in October of 1968 to preserve certain rivers with outstanding natural, cultural, and recreational values in a free-flowing condition for the enjoyment of present and future generations. There are many such rivers all over the west including in New Mexico.

Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the legislation designating these rivers. To celebrate the many Wild & Scenic rivers, trails, and adventures around Taos, the community is coming together to promote "Wild & Scenic: The Taos Experience."

A number of fun events are planned -- educational, recreational, and artistic. Stay tuned for more information about these events, including a new "Adventure Challenge", BLM tours, a Paint-a-Thon, NeoRio, and the 2nd Annual Amigos Bravos' Rally for the Rio on September 29, 2018! Stay tuned!

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Join Us in Welcoming Elena Fernandez to the   
Amigos Bravos  Family!

Amigos Bravos is happy to announce the hiring of Elena Fernandez as Projects Associate, effective April 30, 2018.

A native TaoseƱa, Elena will be responsible for a broad variety of duties including assisting staff on project activities, development and grant writing, administrative duties, and assisting other staff in cultivating and managing an active and engaged membership base, including assisting with outreach activities and events. 

Elena  completed her B.A. in Philosophy from New Mexico State University. Elena also holds a Master of Science in Leadership from Norwich University.  She is currently on the cusp of completing her Masters in Environmental Law &  Policy from Vermont Law School.

In her spare time, Elena enjoys hiking, playing in the river with her two dogs, Jingo and Fawkes and searching for stars in the early stages of forming planetary systems for NASA's WISE mission (part of the Citizen Science project).

Email: efernandez(at) amigosbravos (dot) org

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Amigos Bravos' Home

Amigos Bravos
P. O. Box 238
114 Des Georges Place
Taos, NM 87571



10 Ways to Show You Care About Our New Mexico Environment

                1.  April 27 | Arbor Day, 2-5pm, Taos Plaza
Gather with the community on Taos Plaza for tree planting, kids activities, and performances by Dread Fermata, the Taos Youth Ballet and a prayer and round-dance by Mike Concha of Taos Pueblo. 
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2. April 29 | Taos Land Trust Nature Wellness Day, 12-3pm      410 La Posta Road, Taos, NM 
In honor of National ParkRx Day, join the Taos Land Trust in a celebration of nature and community wellness at the Rio Fernando Park. Share your vision with Taos Land Trust for walking trails in their new Rio Fernando Park, plant beneficial seeds and get a free tree! (200 trees will be given away by the Taos Tree Board) Other activities include a guided botanical walking tour and a story walk for kids! 
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3. May 7- 8 | Mount Taylor Mine Hearing, starting at 9 am with public comment at 11:30. Wendell Chino Building          1220 South St Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM
Come give public comment in support of reclamation of Mt. Taylor uranium mine. Amigos Bravos and the Multicultural Alliance for safe Environment (MASE) are appealing the NM Mining and Minerals Division Director's decision to grant the Mt. Taylor mine active status despite no plans for active mining. Reclamation activities can be avoided/delayed when mines are in active status. Hearing will be held at the Wendell Chino Building, 1220 South St. Francis in Santa Fe. Public comments will be heard at 11am. For more information check out amigosbravos.org or call 758.3874
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4. May 8 | UNM Water Resources Poster Session 1 - 2pm,    Rio Grande Hall (Corner of CivicPlaza & Placitas)
The students in EPS 110 Water Resources have learned a great deal about local water issues and will present what they learned to the public. Come show your support for these emerging leaders as they present their findings on everything from green infrastructure projects to  E. coli contamination in the Rio Fernando. 

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5.  May 17 | Santa Fe Donor Appreciation Meet-and Greet
5:30 - 7:00 pm, Museum Hill Cafe
710 Camino Lejo, Santa Fe, NM 
Amigos Bravos has been fiercely committed to fighting for clean water in communities throughout New Mexico for 30 years thanks to support from members from all over the state. While most of our members are in the Taos area, we have enjoyed tremendous support from our neighbors to the south in Santa Fe. On May 17th, we'd like to show our appreciation for our Santa Fe donors with a a Meet-and-Greet event at the Museum Hill Cafe. (Watch for more events like this to recognize supporters in other areas of the state!) 
If you live in the Santa Fe area and you've been an Amigos Bravos member -- past or present -- or, think you might be interested in becoming a member, please join us for free Hors d' oeuvres and drinks at the Museum Hill Cafe.
We will have a drawing for two FREE FLOAT TRIPS down the Rio Grande courtesy of Los Rios River Runners!  Call 575.758.3874 or email membership@amigosbravos.org for more information.
6. May 24 |  
Drought and Fire in Taos Canyon 5:30 - 7:00 pm  Bataan Hall, 120 Civic Plaza Driver, Taos, NM

Hosted by the Rio Fernando Revitalization Collaborative this speaker event is part of a series focused on issues facing the Rio Fernando watershed.  
Speakers include, Craig D. Allen, US Geological Survey; Erica Enjady, USFS; Nathan Sancez, Taos County; Chris Cote, Taos County.

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7. May 30 | Rio Fernando Watershed Planning  Meeting 
                5:30 - 7:00 pm, Kit Carson Boardroom                                    
Come help us develop a watershed-based plan to address E. coli pollution in the Rio Fernando, which flows through the heart of Taos. This project, led by Amigos Bravos and the New Mexico Environment Department, is your opportunity to learn more about protecting water quality in our community. For more information call 575.758.3874
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Midnight Meadows Restoration Work Volunteers

8. June 22- 24 |  Midnight Meadows Restoration Weekend

Volunteers needed to camp out with cool conservationists! We work hard but have fun while we're at it! Come join us for the whole weekend or just for a day on June 23rd.
This will be the first of two weekends where we will be building riparian protection fences and installing erosion control structures to restore the Midnight Meadows Wetland Jewel. We will be working and camping at the top of Cabresto Canyon in the headwaters of Bitter Creek. For more information check out amigosbravos.org or call 575.758.3874
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9.  July 14 | 12th Annual River & Lands Cleanup, 8am-2pm

The magnificent landscapes in New Mexico deserve our respect. However, persistent littering and illegal dumping by flagrant violators in Taos County forests, mesas, rivers and along roadways is serious problem. Join us for this community-wide cleanup and help keep Taos County beautiful. Volunteers meet at 8am at St. James Episcopal Church in Taos. 

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10. July 27-29 | Midnight Meadows Restoration Weekend 2

This will be the second of two weekends where we will be building riparian protection fences and installing erosion control structures to restore the Midnight Meadows Wetland Jewel. We will be working and camping at the top of Cabresto Canyon in the headwaters of Bitter Creek. Come join us for the whole weekend or just for the day on July 27th. For more information check out amigosbravos.org or call 575.758.3874
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