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Watershed Restoration and Management

Restoring and improving the condition of the land community (e.g. soil, water, air, plants, animals and people) in our watersheds is the focus of HPWA work.  We first identify degraded areas through scientific study, interviews with local residents, and personally getting to know our watersheds. We then create restoration and management plans that strive to restore the productivity and function of land so that it is beneficial for landowners and the watershed. Then we work to find the means to carry out restoration or management plans.

Since about half of the land in our watersheds is privately owned, we focus on helping private landowners with land stewardship that is watershed friendly.  We assist making technical, physical and financial resources more available to landowners.  To help connect our entire community to caring for our watersheds, we also offer volunteer opportunities to do restoration work that simultaneously helps landowners.

Efforts to provide assistance to landowners are currently fueled by our Gallinas and Mora EPA 319 - Clean Water Act grants.  These grant funds allow us to physically do restoration work.  HPWA hopes to expand our capabilities to include both grant supported and privately supported services (contract work) to landowners in the form of Watershed Stewardship Consultation.  We also assemble and maintain information on funding programs and technical assistance available to landowners. 

The types of watershed restoration and management work that we do includes:

  • Riparian habitat restoration,
  • River, stream and floodplain restoration,
  • Wetland restoration and protection,
  • Erosion control, in drainage channels and across the landscape,
  • Water harvesting and catchment,
  • Pasture rehabilitation,
  • Livestock management,
  • Watershed planning.