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 River Reaches page for available Reaches.
Check out our Steward Handbook here!