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Governor Susana Martinez Announces Opening of River Stewardship Program Request for Proposals 2014
Governor Susana Martinez and the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) announced today that the River Stewardship Program Request for Proposals (RFP) will open in early June, with submission due in mid-July. Proposals will be considered from towns, cities, counties, state agencies, soil and water conservation districts, irrigation districts, and community watershed groups, as well as Indian Nations, Pueblos, and Tribes. Additional groups that work to restore river habitats are also encouraged to apply.
Wetland Workshop- Quivira Conference
This full-day workshop is anchored by restoration specialist, Bill Zeedyk who owns and operates a small consulting business specializing in the restoration of wetland and riparian habitats. Bill is familiar to Quivira audiences as the innovator of successful riparian restoration methods based on his philosophy of “thinking like a creek” and using low-tech, hands-on methods and native materials. He will share his latest ideas and new restoration strategies for adapting to hotter and drier conditions developing across the Southwest.
2015 River Stewardship Program - Request for Proposal (RFP)
The State Purchasing Division of the NM General Services Department has issued the following Request for Proposals (RFP). RFP# 60-667-15-26882 RFP Issuance Date: January 22, 2016 Proposal Due Date: March 3, 2016 The purpose of the RFP is to solicit proposals to establish contractual obligations through competitive negotiations for the procurement of services to design and construct projects that improve surface water quality or river habitat statewide. Please see the RFP for directions on how to request additional information and submit a proposal. RIVER STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM RFP PROJECT CONTACT: Karen Menetrey or
USDA Seeks Proposals for Market-Based Wetland Protection Systems
USDA to Provide $9 Million, Leveraging Further Public and Private Resources to Create New Mitigation Opportunities for Farmers and Ranchers WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2016 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the establishment of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Wetland Mitigation Banking Program, made possible by the 2014 Farm Bill. Through the program, NRCS will provide $9 million to help states, local governments or other qualified partners develop wetland mitigation banks that restore, create, or enhance wetland ecosystems, broadening the conservation options available to farmers and ranchers so they can maintain eligibility for other USDA programs. "Over the past seven years, USDA has worked with private landowners to enroll a record number of acres in conservation practices, and we are seeing significant reductions in nutrient runoff and greenhouse gas emissions. Wetland Mitigation Banks will give farmers and ranchers more conservation options so they can find the best solution for their land and circumstances, and produce even more results," Vilsack said. Wetland mitigation banking is a market-based approach that involves restoring, creating, or enhancing wetlands in one place to compensate for unavoidable impacts to wetlands at another location. Wetland mitigation banking is commonly used to compensate for wetland impacts from development, but can also be used to offset impacts from agriculture. A small number of banks have been developed in the U.S. specifically to assist agriculture, and the mitigation banks established under this program will be used to help agricultural producers who need to mitigate wetland losses to maintain eligibility for USDA programs. NRCS is seeking applications from eligible third-parties to develop wetland mitigation banks, or modify existing banks to better serve agricultural producers. These third-parties include federally recognized Indian tribes; state and local units of government; for-profit entities; and nongovernmental organizations. The maximum award provided through this announcement is up to $1 million. This funding may be used to cover the administrative and technical costs associated with the development of a wetland mitigation bank or banking program. Funding may not be used to purchase an easement or any other interest in land. Partners will develop, operate, and manage the wetlands mitigation banks with technical oversight from NRCS, and will market mitigation credits to farmers and ranchers. Credits must be made available to producers within two years after the agreement is signed. NRCS is prioritizing funding to locations that have a significant known wetland compliance workload. These locations include the Prairie Pothole Region, California Vernal Pool Region, Nebraska Rainwater Basin Region, and other areas that have significant numbers of wetlands compliance requests. Priority will also be given to applications based on the speed with which mitigation credits can be made available to agriculture producers. USDA is now accepting project proposals for this program. Proposals are due to NRCS before 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on March 28, 2016. The announcement and associated forms for this funding opportunity can be found at
River Stewardship RFP Amendment #1
The New Mexico Environment Department's Surface Water Quality Bureau has issued an amendment to the Request for Proposals for the River Stewardship Program. Proposal due date is March 3, 2016
SWQB seeks input on San Juan River and Upper Rio Grande water quality surveys
The Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) is seeking public input on two upcoming surface water quality studies; one in the San Juan River watershed and one in the Upper Rio Grande watershed. The results of the surveys will be used to determine water quality status, track water quality improvements, and identify impaired waterbodies.
Sharing innovations for Sharing a river pdf
The 2017 Rio Grande / Río Bravo Binational Water Forum brought together more than 150 people from Mexico and the United States to share creative strategies that promote water balance among people and ecosystems to foster a healthy, resilient river.
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