The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) works to protect and restore the ecological and cultural heritage of watersheds in the Hermit’s Peak region through ecological restoration, environmental education and community action.
We all live in a watershed. A watershed is all the land that water flows across or under on its way to a river, lake, ocean, or other body of water.
Rain or snow may travel above ground across farmland, forest land, and city streets or it may seep into the soil and travel as ground water.
Watersheds can be small like the area draining into Beaver Creek or huge like the area draining into the Rio Grande River. The Gallinas Watershed is all the land from the top of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to the valley bottoms that drain into the Gallinas River.
Watersheds are more than just water. They include soil, topography, water, air, plants, animals, and people. The health of a watershed is influenced by how these parts are treated.
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Why it matters!
“The important work that is done by Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is extremely vital to the vibrancy and future of our community. We are extremely fortunate for the foresight and fortitude of this organization. The benefit of their work will be realized for generations to come.”
- Max Trujillo
“During my early morning walks, I stop over the bridge and listen to the life giving sound of fresh clear water lovingly and quietly streaming down the river, a sound I have heard all my life taking me back to my childhood.”
- Joseph Baca
“People are joined to the land by work. Land, work, people, and community are all comprehended in the idea of culture.”
- Wendell Berry
Hermit’s peak watershed alliance
Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) is a local, grassroots, 501c3 nonprofit organization who has been in existence since 2009. HPWA serves the Gallinas, Tecolote, Sapello, and lower Mora Watersheds.
289 County Road A2
Sapello, NM 87745