Adopt the River

The Santa Fe River is up for adoption! Our community river needs your help and care to stay vibrant and healthy. And you can join the Adopt-the-River program to help achieve this goal.

Steward Coordinator Keely Jackson-Kennemore

Steward Coordinator Keely Jackson-Kennemore

The Santa Fe Watershed Association and the City and County of Santa Fe partner on the Adopt-the-River program to enlist businesses, groups and individuals to help take care of the river. Sponsors and Stewards are credited with their name and logo on hanging signs along their section of river. Our ultimate goal is to continue bringing the river back to life, which requires an integrated program of storm runoff management, releases from upstream reservoirs, and use of the river channel as a zone for aquifer recharge. Adopt-the-River involves:

River Sponsors: We enlist businesses and community groups to support the Santa Fe River and the Santa Fe Watershed Association with tax-deductible contributions. Contribution levels range between $1,000 to $1,500 per year, depending on the location of the River Reach. This sponsorship is recognized with a sign visible from the road and the river. Potential Sponsors unable to contribute the full amount can register interest in a Co-Sponsorship, or a payment plan. Businesses also contribute funds to support structural work, such as erosion control projects, as needed in some areas.

River Stewards: Schools, neighborhood associations and community groups as Adopt-the-River Stewards, partner with River Sponsors to keep their stretch of the river free of trash and graffiti and lined with native vegetation, providing the labor for this program. With monthly visits to the river they become familiar with its problems and its potential, and help to advocate for its restoration. Please see the Current Sponsors and Stewards page for available Reaches.


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

– Public Education and Outreach about our Home Watershed

– Habitat Improvement

– Increase Soil Moisture and Water Flows


Gabby Cleaning

Gabrielle cleaning the river

For information regarding Sponsorship or  Stewardship, please contact Raquel Baca-Tompson, Adopt-the-River Coordinator, raquel@santafewatershed.org or call at 505-820-1696

We currently have two reaches available for sponsorship! Zoom in on the map below; they’re the reaches marked in purple.