Watershed Stewardship Videos

The Land Stewardship Series are videos showcasing the work that HPWA does to monitor and restore our local watersheds. Each video explores a different aspect of the job, from data monitoring and collecting to building water catching systems, installing green infrastructure and restoring local rivers through the use of simple natural structures such as “one rock dams”, “baffles” and more…

Monitoring River Temperature Along the Rio Gallinas

Mr. Richard Pratt, the [prior] GIS Analyst and Monitoring Coordinator, walks us through data monitoring along Beaver Creek in the Gallinas Canyon.

Storm Water Treatment Systems and Green Infrastructure

Aaron Kauffman, of Southwest Urban Hydrology, walks us through storm water treatment systems and green infrastructure that he incorporates into urban landscape to aid water catchment and natural water filtration. This video focuses on some rain gardens that were installed in the West Las Vegas High School parking lots.

Riparian Vegetation along the Rio Gallinas

Amina Sena, HPWA’s Watershed Restoration Director (left HPWA Fall of 2021), takes us on a small tour through the Gallinas River Park while giving us the run down on a healthy riparian corridor and what that looks like.

How To Build A Willow Fascine

Shot in 2014, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance shows you how to build a willow fascine on an eroding river bank.

How To Make Seed Balls

This is a video about Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance staff, along with our Summer 2023 YCC (Youth Conservation Corps) crew working with West Las Vegas kids to teach them how to make seed balls. This is the perfect summer activity for young ages! As a plus, it can also be used to help out landowners within the Hermit’s Peak & Calf Canyon burn scar. Once made, you can give them to these landowners to help jump start new growth on their land!

Data Monitoring Along Wolf Creek

In this video, Richard Pratt shows you our method for collecting data about stream flow and flood retention along the Wolf Creek Corridor.

Las Vegas, New Mexico Water Treatment Facility

This video was put together as an addition to the Story Map tour which takes you through our Gallinas River watershed. This video explains how water from our watershed is treated and finds it’s way to the tap for our local community to enjoy.

Rio Mora Restoration Project

This project was started by Craig Sponholtz to restore a stretch of river along the Rio Mora. Watch the video to see the work that has been done. Since then Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, along with partners, have been planting various riparian vegetation and cottonwood trees along the banks. Fencing the area to keep wildlife out of it for now, as well as fencing the cottonwoods trees to protect them from beavers as they grow.

Gallinas Canyon, La Placita Firehouse Floodplain Re-connection

This project was completed in October 2022, in response to post-fire floods from the Hermit’s Peak/Calf Canyon fire. This video details the work that was done, including reconnecting floodplains and building logjams for debris control.

Alluvial Fans and Their Place in the Southwest

This video was produced throughout the year of 2022 by the HPWA team. It focuses on alluvial fans and their roles in the landscape, and then showcases a restoration project currently ongoing at Fort Union, NM.

2020 Beaver Summit

On October 27 – November 4th, the Defenders of Wildlife hosted a multiple day summit all about beavers. Below are the different panels discussing multiple aspects of beavers, ranging from why we should care about beavers to a future of beavers and what that looks like for land management and health. Click here to check out the beaver summit.

Why beavers? Living With Beavers Return of the Beaver A Vision For The Future

Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance created supplemental videos to go with the conference, one of which is completed with the rest currently under development.

Beaver Series

Why Beaver?

Benefits of Beavers

Beaver Economics – Spring 2023

Living With Beaver – Summer 2023

Return of the Beaver – Winter 2023

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