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Keeping Santa Fe County
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Wetland in the La Cienega Area, photo by Maryann M. McGraw, 2012.

This Wetlands Action Plan for Santa Fe County (WAP-SFC) is a comprehensive examination of available information about the wetlands and riparian resources of Santa Fe County.

The information in this WAP-SFC is based on a number of ecological and hydrological studies, wetland restoration and protection project reports, and mapping efforts, including an earlier WAP for the Galisteo Watershed (SWQB 2010a). Due to significant information gaps, however, this WAP-SFC offers at times a piecemeal and dated picture of the County’s wetland conditions.

Maryann McGraw
Wetlands Program Coordinator
(505) 827-0581

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The available literature indicates that in the last few hundred years many wetlands with permanently wet conditions in Santa Fe County have been lost. Ongoing urban development, coupled with the impacts of climate change and cumulative historical land use impacts, continue to present many stressors to wetland ecosystems. Additionally, the present enabling environment for wetland restoration and protection--consisting of local regulations for wetland protection, local institutional capacity, available funding sources, public involvement, and water quality standards for wetlands--appears to be inadequate and offers great challenges to countering the stressors and threats to wetlands in the future.

The purpose of the WAP-SFC is to provide guidance to public and private landowners and land managers, decision makers, and resource management professionals about future action initiatives for the protection and restoration of wetlands in Santa Fe County. The information, analysis, and ideas offered in this WAP-SFC aim to stimulate dialogue, coordination, and collaboration. To that end, the WAP-SFC concludes with goals, strategies, and recommendations for future wetland protection and restoration initiatives with an emphasis on the protection and restoration of wetland functions that provide water quality benefits and ecological integrity.

 
 
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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

Visit our archival Watershed Restoration Action Strategies listings!

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

Visit our Watershed-Based Plans resource development webpage!

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

WOULD YOUR WATERSHED GROUP LIKE TO PARTICIPATE?

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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