Santa Fe’s arroyos, which feed directly into the Santa Fe River and have been largely neglected, are filled with trash, and have been left to erode. Their soils, neighboring banks and channels, are slipping away, setting the scene for dangerous storm events and floods. They need rescuing, now! Trash needs to be removed, and water needs to slow down on its way through – to protect the people and environment, and to help our precious water infiltrate and join the groundwater to replenish our vital aquifer.
The impact of this work cannot be overestimated, especially as the climate becomes drier and hotter. Our watershed is life to Santa Fe, and together we can help the arroyos become what they should be.
The Adopt-an-Arroyo program will strive to clean up the intrinsic and necessary drainages by removing litter and providing a safe place for people to recreate in and around. Additionally, any soil erosion reduction measures that can be implemented will reduce sedimentation and excessive flooding in the entire watershed. Importantly, the repeated presence of the volunteers can lead to a sense of “Ownership” of the arroyo by the Steward Team, providing a real relationship with our arroyos and the Santa Fe River.
Based upon the successful Adopt-the-River program, the Adopt-an-Arroyo program would designate a Steward Team of volunteers whose mission it is to monitor the health of arroyos in the Santa Fe River watershed, removing debris, and advising the SFWA as to potentially damaging situations within each arroyo. Coupled with the Steward Team is a Sponsor entity who contributes the funding to provide for the on-going management and potentially necessary restoration measures.
Over the long term, the Santa Fe Watershed Association is developing a plan for restoring and maintaining each sponsored reach of the river. Our goals for this program include:
- Restore and maintain the Santa Fe River Watershed
- Public Education and Outreach about our Home Watershed
- Habitat Improvement