Established in 1997, the mission of the Santa Fe Watershed Association is to protect and restore the health and vibrancy of the Santa Fe River and its watershed for the benefit of people and the environment.  We achieve this through education, restoration, stewardship, and advocacy. From the River’s headwaters to the Rio Grande, we honor the connection of people and the watershed.

The Santa Fe area faces the ongoing danger of catastrophic fire in our overgrown upper watershed, above the City drinking supply reservoirs. Management of the forests that safeguard the reservoirs has been an important theme for the Watershed Association, but in the past few years we have given new attention to the middle and lower stretches of the river. In particular, we are advocating restoration of consistent flow to the river to support vegetation and wildlife habitat, while recharging the groundwater. We are striving to create a sense of responsibility and common interest among all residents of the watershed.  Additionally, our education programs have provided opportunities for locals to experience the Santa Fe River and its watershed through both school and public programs.  Programs are designed to highlight a variety of ecosystems and explore ways that humans impact water and water impacts humans.



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Arroyo Rescue de Santa Fe


Coming very soon – the Santa Fe Watershed Association are launching a crowdfunding campaign to rescue our beloved Arroyos from trash!

The campaign will be run on Indiegogo and will launch in March (date to be announced soon!).


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Send a Valentine to the Santa Fe River

On Saturday, February 14, 2015, the Santa Fe Watershed Association, the City of Santa Fe, and Santa Fe County are hosting the Ninth Annual Love Your River Day.

 Every February, we invite residents (and visitors) of all ages to join us and our official River Stewards for an hour or two, to pick up … (read more…)

2014 New Mexico Climate Masters

In conjunction with the Santa Fe Watershed Association


Class Project: Rain Gardens

Erosion control, water catchment, and vegetation enhancement along the Santa Fe River trail near Don Jose Street providing riverbank restoration, beautification, and improved wildlife habitat. … (read more…)