Rio Fernando Watershed Based Plan and Revitalization Efforts
Amigos Bravos is engaged in two linked efforts to restore the Rio Fernando de Taos, the river that flows through the center of the Taos Community. Through a Watershed Based Planning effort Amigos Bravos is working on restoration opportunities to address E. coli contamination in the watershed.
Amigos Bravos has worked with dozens of volunteers to collect over 300 samples from over 50 sampling locations in the watershed. These sampling results were used to draft a Rio Fernando Watershed-Based Plan that was accepted by EPA in March 2020. This successful three-year effort will now help us leverage funding for major restoration projects on the river. We have already submitted one proposal to start a project outlined in the Plan.
Amigos Bravos is also engaged in a groundbreaking collaborative effort to revitalize the Rio Fernando Corridor that involves a dynamic collaborative of individuals, organizations, and government entities including the Taos Valley Acequia Association, US Forest Service, Town of Taos, and Taos County. The collaborative is working to improve water quality and ecological function, restore acequia systems and working land capacity, and connect people to the river and its watershed. The Rio Fernando de Taos Collabortive, successfully secured funding for several key projects.
Click to read more about the Rio Fernando Watershed-Based Plan.
Click to read more about the Rio Fernando de Taos Revitalization Collaborative.