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‘Induced meandering’ underway in Arroyo Chamisos
By Mark Oswald / Journal Staff Writer

SANTA FE, N.M. — Santa Fe is getting into “induced meandering.” And it’s not part of a plan for legalizing recreational marijuana.

Induced meandering is the governing concept of a major project underway along one of Santa Fe’s major geographical features – the Arroyo de Los Chamisos, which stretches from the city’s east side foothills near St. John’s College through the city’s middle and southern sections, and beyond the city limits to the southwest.

The idea is to use often natural-looking structures to get the water rushing through the arroyo during heavy rains to slow down instead of ripping into the banks and causing further erosion, and endangering homes, backyards, roads and the popular walking/bicycling trail along the big nature-made ditch.

“As the water slows down, it will drop the sediment load and deposit it on the bank versus taking soil away,” said Eric Cornelius of Santa Fe Engineering, who’s working on the project. READ MORE...
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Vacant lots provide more ecosystem services than backyard trees
by Brandon Keim | Mar 1, 2017
Though vacant lots are often the most verdant spaces in a city-dweller’s everyday life, they’re not usually appreciated for the life they host. Sure, they support a bit of nature and maybe symbolize a sort of wildness, but they’re overrun by non-native plants and possess marginal ecological value—or so the conventional wisdom goes. Yet this may not be fair. From one perspective, at least, those scraggly lots are worth a great deal. READ MORE...
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The Second Annual Fire & Water Festival!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 24th from 4PM - 8PM. The Santa Fe Watershed Association and the Santa Fe County Firefighters Association will be partnering to bring you the Second Annual Fire & Water Festival at The Bridge at Santa Fe Brewing

There will be food trucks, music, entertainment for the kids (and adults) and much more! This festival is a fundraiser to promote community education, advocacy, and stewardship. Bring the entire family!

We're also happy to announce that the Santa Fe River Brew will be served at the festival as well as a special County Firefighter's brew. Thank you, once again, to the Santa Fe Brewing Company for sponsoring this fun family event. See you in June!
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SFWA Board of Directors Meeting
Our next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m. If you would like to join us, please RSVP by calling 505-820-1696. 

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