e-Currents Newsletter January/February 2018


Cross Watershed Coalition 5th Annual Workshop

Co-hosted by the 
Bosque Task Force

April 4-5, 2018 Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge Socorro County, NM

Join watershed practitioners from across the Southwest to share lessons and solutions on a variety of watershed management topics.
Click here for more information and/or to register.

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 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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Join Us in Welcoming 
Ben Mortensen to the 
Amigos Bravos  Family!

Amigos Bravos is happy to announce the hiring of Ben Mortensen as Projects Associate on January 2, 2018.

Ben is responsible for a broad variety of duties including assisting project staff on project activities, development and grant writing, administrative duties, and assisting other staff in cultivating and managing an active and engaged membership base; and assisting with outreach activities and events. 

Ben completed his BA in Environmental Planning from the University of New Mexico where he focused on watershed management and minored in Sustainability Studies.

An avid outdoorsman, Ben enjoys snowboarding, biking, fly-fishing, backpacking and camping
in his spare time.

Email: bmortensen (at) amigosbravos (dot) org

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Amigos Bravos' Home

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


Make a Difference and Make Some Money

Amigos Bravos Needs Contractors for 
On-the-Ground Restoration Work in the Carson National Forest

Photo by Jim O'Donnell

Amigos Bravos has recently received a grant from the Rio Grande Water Fund (RGWF).  These funds will support the La Jara Wetland Jewel Restoration Project, located in the headwaters of the Rio Fernando de Taos. Amigos Bravos is hiring three contractors to do on-the-ground restoration work for the following projects (Click on the links below for additional RFP details):
Amigos Bravos staff will review and rank the submitted proposals and develop and finalize contracts so that, weather permitting, work can begin on or before June 1, 2018.
Click the map for more detail.
A Pre-Bid Site Visit for potential contractors will be held at 
the  worksite  on March 5th to clarify expectations and the scope of work, in order to receive the most accurate bids possible.  The meeting for the Fencing Contractors will start at 1 pm. The meeting for Headcut Repair and Wetland Assessment and Restoration Inventory Contractors will begin at  2pm .

To RSVP for the pre-bid site visit, request more information about the RFPs or to submit a proposal, please email 
Ben Mortensen at:  bmoretensen@amigosbravos.org

Proposals for these projects will need to be submitted to the preceding email by 5:00 pm (MT) March 15th 2018.

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Your Input Has Impact!

Public Meetings for the Rio Fernando Watershed Planning Process

People have a right to clean, non-contaminated water. Yet challenges such as drought, depleted aquifers, and contamination from leaking septic systems and toxic waste are threatening this basic right to life.
Taos County residents are invited to a series of free public meetings regarding the Rio Fernando de Taos Watershed Based Planning Process to address the health of the Rio Fernando River, which flows through the heart of Taos. Focused on the E. coli water quality impairment on the Rio Fernando, this project is led by Amigos Bravos and the New Mexico Environment Department.
These meetings will provide an opportunity to learn about current water quality on the Rio Fernando de Taos and to provide input to the Watershed Based Planning process.
We hope you'll join us for one of these meetings and add your voice to this important planning process.

  • Saturday, March 17 - 10:00am - 12:00, Location: Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center
  • Saturday, April 7th - 3pm - 5pm, Location: Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center
  • Saturday, April 21st - 3pm -5pm, Location: Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center
  • Wednesday, May 30th- 5:30pm- 7:30, Location: Kit Carson Electric Coop Board Room
  • Wednesday, June 20th - 5:30pm -7:30, Location: Juan I. Gonzales Agricultural Center
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A Victory for Public Participation 
and Clean Water

Communities for Clean Water (CCW), a coalition of six organizations, of which Amigos Bravos is a founding member, recently sued the Groundwater Quality Bureau of the New Mexico Environmental Department for denying a public hearing regarding a discharge permit application submitted by Los Alamos National Labs. 

On December 28, 2017, the New Mexico Court of Appeals sent a stinging rebuke to the Water Quality Control Commission regarding its decision to uphold the New Mexico Environmental Department's denial of a public hearing requested by CCW as part of a groundwater discharge permit process for the Department of Energy/Los Alamos National Security.

"The ruling is a great victory for clean water and the people of New Mexico", said Rachel Conn, Projects Director for Amigos Bravos. "The court has ensured that the public's concerns must be heard before discharges of pollution into New Mexico's waters are authorized." 

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Get for Ready for 
Rally for the Rio 2018 
and Other 
"Wild & Scenic" 

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!

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