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Cebolla Canyon
Closed Basin
Wetlands Action Plan

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Click to expand: photograph of a wetlands area in the Cebolla Canyon Closed Basin Watershed, by Maryann McGraw, September 2014.

The purpose of this document is to describe how wetlands and riparian resources are being and going to be restored and protected in the North Plains Watershed. This WAP also documents lessons learned, findings, and community feedback gathered during the planning for wetlands. The most practical purpose for this document has been that anyone can refer to it about priorities, funding resources, and important next steps. It is also a reference document for developing future proposals for wetland restoration iniatives.

Maryann McGraw
Wetlands Program Coordinator
(505) 827-0581


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This WAP provides information about areas that are still in need of mitigation and thus channel future action to those areas.  A WAP is a planning document designed specifically to address wetlands within the boundaries of a specific watershed. A WAP provides guidance for protection and restoration of wetlands, as well as emphasizes water quality benefits and ecological integrity, preservation of wildlife corridors, habitat conservation of threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and other species of concern.

This plan is written for community partnerships, state and local institutions, and conservation groups who are involved in the preservation, conservation, and restoration of wetlands and riparian areas within a watershed. The WAP includes descriptive landscape background information and information for three major planning components: resource analysis, resource management, and a local involvement strategy. These planning components help ensure that watershed planning and any other local planning activities adequately address wetland management issues. Since certain data and information are currently unavailable, part of the goal of this plan is to fill these information gaps and help direct future action. The development and refinement of the watershed WAP will be an ongoing process.

The Cebolla Canyon Closed Basin Watershed WAP was prepared for and funded by the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau Wetlands Program to satisfy U.S. EPA CWA Section 104(b)(3) Wetlands Grant (Assistance Agreement No. CD-966857-01-0-C (FY2008)), entitled: “Restoring and Protecting Wetlands in the Cebolla Canyon Closed Basin.”

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USEPA–Accepted Watershed-Based Plans

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These Watershed-Based Plans (WBPs) were reviewed by USEPA and determined to meet the nine planning elements described in their Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories.

Watershed-Based Plans in Development

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These DRAFT WBPs are still works-in-progress, having not yet attained all nine planning elements listed in USEPA's Nonpoint Source Program and Grants Guidelines for States and Territories.

Watershed Restoration Action Strategies

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Visit our WRASs that were developed prior to the nine elements of the WBP that have been incorporated into the Nonpoint Source Management Plan since 2009.  These archival plans generally lack the quantitative elements required of WBPs, but many of them still provide ueseful background information for future planning.

Wetland Action Plans

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Wetland Action Plans (WAPs) are designed to specifically address wetlands and riparian resources within the boundary of a specific watershed.  SWQB facilitates watershed groups throughout the State to develop WAPs as an additional component of their Watershed-Based Plan.

Resources for Developing Watershed-Based Plans

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For more information on getting started, how-to guides and much more about completing a successful WBP, please visit us online today!


Contact us at:

The New Mexico Wetlands Program
ATTN.:  Maryann McGraw, Coordinator
New Mexico Environment Department
Surface Water Quality Bureau – Watershed Protection
1190 S. St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502

Tel.:  (505) 827-0581 FAX.:  (505) 827-0160

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