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The Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance (GRGWA) is a collaboration between Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Pueblos, agencies and stakeholders working to restore riparian ecosystems in the Rio Grande Watershed in central and northern New Mexico.
The Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance (GRGWA), connects the members’ local knowledge with agencies’ technical skills and resources. GRGWA’s objective is to strategically deploy a landscape-scale bosque restoration project that enhances and connects previous efforts. To do this will require collaboration across many jurisdictions. Member SWCDs and pueblos, with assistance from NRCS, private consultants and other agency field staff, have developed conservation plans for a number of high-priority projects. Most are cross-referenced in regional planning documents such as Community Wildfire Protection Plans and watershed restoration plans.
The representatives meet monthly to coordinate planning and fundraising across their jurisdictions. GRGWA partners collectively decide where and how to apply their funds to maximize results. At the same time the Alliance has begun seeking new sources of funding for implementing these plans on the ground by using its collective resources to leverage outside help.
As of Spring 2011, the Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance’s partners include Claunch-Pinto, Ciudad, Coronado, East Rio Arriba, Santa Fe-Pojoaque, Valencia, McKinley, Edgewood, Lava, Taos, and Cuba Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCDs); Pueblos of Kewa and Santa Ana; EMNRD Forestry Division (NMSF); New Mexico Environment Department (NMED); and New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA).
Other agencies that attend meetings or have been invited to work with the group include: State Land Office (NMSLO); Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD); U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE); and the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute (NMFWRI). The group also solicits input from business and non-profits organizations with expertise in watershed restoration and bosque ecology.
for links to collaborator and partner websites.
for a more in depth history of the Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance.