Most Endagered Rivers, 2023: Rio Gallinas

News publications featuring the story of the Rio Gallinas

“Most Endangered Rivers of 2023”

Albuquerque Journal

Las Vegas Optic

Santa Fe New Mexican


KUNM – Audio Interview produced by Bryce Dixon featuring watershed conservationists



Santa Fe Reporter

A Call to Action

We here at Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance have been working hard to help heal the land and fix our watershed after the devastating effects of the 2022 Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire. There is still a ton of work to do, and if you can’t help by being there to lend a hand, or by donating funds to help the cause, there is another way that you can help…be being a voice for change!

Below, you’ll find an e-mail template and a list of people to contact that will have a means to affect drastic change in watershed management and practices. We encourage you to not only use the template, but to personalize it with your own message about what the river means to you, how you use the river in your own daily lives, and the importance of the river to yourself, your family, and your friends.

The Rio Gallinas – suffering from drought, the largest fire in New Mexico’s history, and a lack of local input in watershed management – is in dire need of coordinated restoration efforts. The multiple state and federal agencies charged with managing the Rio Gallinas watershed will determine the fate of the river and the communities reliant on it. These agencies must overhaul their stewardship practices in watershed friendly, transparent, locally appropriate, and community driven ways.

Please join us in reaching out to representatives from the Santa Fe National Forest, Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Forestry Division, and New Mexico Environment Department. Urge them to attend the New Mexico Fire and Water Summit in the summer of 2023, where all affected communities, decision makers, federal agencies, and state agencies come together to create a long-term management and mitigation plan for the Rio Gallinas watershed.

E-mail Template and Agency Contact Information

Please click on the button to download a word document that contains an e-mail template to use when putting your message together

Santa Fe National Forest:
Shaun Sanchez –
Army Corps of Engineers
Lt. Col. Jerre V. Hansbrough –
Mark Doles –
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Matt Embry –
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Forestry Division
Sarah Cottrell-Propst –
New Mexico Environment Department
James Kenney –

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