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Greetings from the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance!  We are fellow residents from the Gallinas, Sapello and Tecolote watersheds who are working together to take care of the watersheds that support our communities around Hermit’s Peak.

The Gallinas watershed includes all the land that drains into the Gallinas River, from the mountain tops to the valley bottoms.  If this land is healthy it increases the chances that we’ll have cool, clean and abundant water, as well as productive forests, rangelands, agricultural lands and backyards well into the future. 

Right now we are trying to understand more about the issues that are affecting water quality and overall watershed health in the upper Gallinas watershed, with a particular focus on temperature. The water in the Gallinas is warmer than it should be, and these high temperatures are harmful to trout. The Gallinas is a beautiful river with great fishing, and we want to keep it that way. We are writing to ask you for your help in figuring out why the water is warm, and what we can do to make it cooler.

We are also trying to identify areas in the upper Gallinas watershed (including El Porvenir) where projects on private or public land would help improve water quality and make the river healthier for fish and other creatures. These projects could include improvements to water systems, fencing, or planting trees and shrubs – anything that will help keep the river cool and clean. We would love to know what types of projects you think would help improve the health of the Gallinas. Once we identify a set of projects, we will be eligible for funding to make these improvements.

However, we can’t do any of this without your expertise and participation. Over the next few weeks, we hope to talk with you personally about your thoughts on the health of the Gallinas. This summer, there will be many opportunities for you to get involved – by doing field work with our researchers, attending a workshop on watershed restoration techniques, or just coming out to a watershed BBQ. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. The Gallinas is important to all of us, and it will take all of us working together to keep it healthy. We look forward to working with you to make sure that we are leaving a healthy river and watershed for our grandchildren.