Rio Tusas – San Antonio CFRP Hosts Second Meeting

On Wednesday, April 9th, the Rio Tusas – San Antonio Collaborative Forest Restoration Program (CFRP) hosted its second meeting. Click here for the agenda and a map of the region.

The Rio Tusas – San Antonio CFRP also presented at the launch of the San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership. Click this .pdf file to view the presentation.


Executive Assistant Needed for Private Lands Conservation NGOs

Executive Assistant Job Description

A partnership of private land conservation organizations based in Santa Fe seeks a highly motivated, outgoing and well-organized individual to provide administrative support, office management and communications outreach.

Overview of Executive Assistant Position

I. Key tasks of Executive Assistant

  1. Provide administrative support and project coordination including, but not limited to: membership outreach, communications: website presence and e-newsletters, grant writing and research, event preparation, and financial record keeping;
  2. Compile correspondence and reports; prepare, proof read and edit all outgoing correspondence, e.g. letters, e-mails, funding proposals, press releases, and e-newsletters;
  3. Data entry, including but not limited to membership donations, thank you letters, financials, and land inventories;
  4. Preparations for all internal/external meetings, i.e. researching organization/individuals, attending meetings, taking notes, and follow-up from meetings.
  5. Coordination support to ensure that all projects, grants, state and federal non-profit status, and contracts are up to date and ensure relevant reporting requirements and deadlines are met;
  6. Office management;
  7. Any other matters as directed.

II. Qualifications

  1. Excellent administrative and organizing skills, task-oriented and ability to meet deadlines.
  2. Good communication skills, written and verbal.
  3. Excellent office software ability; familiarity with Microsoft Office, Quickbooks, Adobe Creative Suites, and Constant Contact a major plus.
  4. Creative and proactive attitude, ability to work well with others to accomplish collective goals.
  5. Interest in conservation, agriculture, and non-governmental work.
  6. Bachelor degree, or equivalent, degrees in natural resources and finances a plus.

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III. Compensation, benefits and location

Salary range: DOE, full-time with benefits. Located in Santa Fe, NM.

IV. Application Process

Submit cover letter, resume, and three references to by February 7, 2014.



Land & Water Conservation Groups Support Funding of Wastewater Treatment Plant

Chama, NM – Today, Governor Susana Martinez announced $8 million dollars in funding for a new wastewater treatment plant in Chama, New Mexico as she stood near the site of the proposed facility. This announcement comes on the heels of the New Mexico legislature’s approval of House Bill 55 and the capital outlay funding of water projects around the state.

“We applaud the state of New Mexico for supporting this important cooperative project. A new wastewater treatment plant will provide clean water to the people and land of northern New Mexico in addition to downstream water users in Santa Fe and Albuquerque,” said Monique DiGiorgio, Representative of the Chama Peak Land Alliance. “The private landowners in the Chama Peak Land Alliance steward the land in this region and a new wastewater treatment plant will add tremendous value to our collective efforts to increase the overall health of the watershed and the communities that depend on it.”

“From a commercial perspective, there are fishing-related businesses from Chama down to Albuquerque that benefit enormously from the Chama’s water being of the highest possible quality. There are also lots of families that depend on the river for fish to supplement their nutritional needs,” said Toner Mitchell, the NM Public Lands Coordinator for Trout Unlimited.

“This is a very exciting accomplishment in the San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership and shows the real value of what can happen when private landowners and communities work together,” said Lesli Allison, Executive Director of the Western Landowners Alliance.

For more information on the benefits of the wastewater treatment plant, please see the attached letter of support signed by 77 individuals, organizations, businesses, and stakeholders from Albuquerque to Chama demonstrating an overwhelming support by the entire San Juan – Chama watershed community – those that live in the headwaters and those who rely on the headwaters in northern New Mexico for clean water.

For more information on the San Juan – Chama Watershed Partnership, visit


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Monique DiGiorgio, Chama Peak Land Alliance & Future West: (970) 335-8174,

Toner Mitchell, Trout Unlimited: (505) 231-8860,

Lesli Allison, Western Landowners Alliance: (970) 759-5741,

NM Regional Water Plan Meetings: March 31st

NM is working through regional water plans and this should be of great interest to agricultural producers. See the attached document for more information. There are two upcoming meetings to learn more about the process and have your voices heard:

1) Taos on Monday, March 31st from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Don Fernando Hotel.

2) Espanola on Monday, March 31st from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm at the Rio Arriba Commission Chambers.  


Regional Water Planning Stakeholders – Call for Participation and Local Input


The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) has begun the process of working with the 16 New Mexico water planning regions to update their Regional Water Plans for incorporation into a State Water Plan update over a two-year planning period.  The first year will focus on updates of the technical data and reactivation and formation of the regional steering committees.  The second year will focus on completion of the updates by the regions to identify the programs, policies, and projects that will best serve the region’s needs. The water plans accepted by the ISC will be used as a foundation to begin the updates, to build on the previous work completed by the regions rather than “starting over.”  In addition to the regional water plans’ value as an expression of a region’s vision for addressing water issues, the updated regional water plans will be used to outline regional priorities for Water Trust Board and other funding  applications. See link for the Water Trust Board’s funding and application criteria.


Martinez signs capital outlay bill with $89M for water projects

Santa Fe New Mexican | March 11, 2014

By Staci Matlock
The New Mexican | 0 comments

The city of Las Vegas, N.M., will get funding to expand one of its reservoirs as part of a capital outlay bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Susana Martinez that commits $89 million to beef up water supplies, repair dams and fix acequias around the state.

The bill also provides money to buy new firetrucks, repair school buildings and fix roads.

Las Vegas officials say expanding Bradner Reservoir is vital for the chronically water-strapped city, which came within six weeks of running out of water in 2011. The city provides water to 18,000 customers, including New Mexico Highlands University and a regional hospital. Most of the city’s water comes from the Gallinas River, with water stored at Peterson and Bradner reservoirs. But Bradner can only store about 300 acre-feet of water, and the dam at Peterson has leaked like a sieve for years. (One acre-foot of water equals 325,851 gallons.)

The capital outlay bill signed by Martinez includes $10 million to design, construct and expand Bradner dam so the reservoir can store up to 2,300 acre-feet of water. The city asked for $16 million.

Other projects funded through the capital outlay bill:

• $282,000 to design and build water improvements for the Eldorado Area Water and Sanitation District south of Santa Fe.

• $6.2 million for watershed restoration improvements, including forest thinning statewide.

• $150,000 to plan and design a watershed education center in Pecos.

• $1.9 million to design, build and expand a wastewater system in Pecos along N.M. 63 and Rincon Road.

• $1.6 million to improve the Santa Cruz regional water association system in Santa Fe and Rio Arriba counties.

• $8 million for a new wastewater treatment plant in Chama.

• $2.1 million to the Office of the State Engineer to purchase and install water meters statewide.

Martinez said investing in water infrastructure is vital to helping the state’s economy.

Contact Staci Matlock at 986-3055 or Follow her on Twitter @stacimatlock.


Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project: DEIS just released

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Santa Fe National Forest announced on March 5 that the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Southwest Jemez Mountains Landscape Restoration Project is available for public comment. La Jicarita has been covering this controversial project since it was first introduced to the public during the scoping period in 2012. We will publish a review of the DEIS in the next few weeks.

The project area is the upper Jemez River watershed, including the Valles Caldera National Preserve, a portion of Santa Fe National Forest, and state, private, and tribal lands.

Santa Fe National Forest will hold three open houses to provide an overview of the DEIS the week of March 10:

• Thursday, March 13, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, AERMIND Risk Training Center, 502 Cedar Drive, Santa Ana Pueblo, NM 87004

• Friday, March 14, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, Santa Fe Community College Board Room, 6401 Richards Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87508

• Saturday, March 15, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Valles Caldera Science and Education Center, 090 Villa Luis Martin, Jemez Springs, NM, 87025

The public has 45 days to comment, starting from February 28, the publication date of the DEIS in the Federal Register. The document is available at (scroll down to the Analysis section at the bottom of the page). Hard copies can be obtained by calling Chris Napp at 505-438-5448 or visiting the Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor’s Office, located at 11 Forest Lane in Santa Fe, or the Jemez Ranger District Office, located at 51 Woodsy Lane in Jemez Springs.