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Upper Gallinas Watershed Wetlands Action Plan

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Click to expand: photograph of a wetlands area in the Upper Gallianas Watershed, featuring Hermit's Peak in the background. Image by Lisa Failing Bentson.

Wetlands and riparian habitats in the Upper Gallinas Watershed have vital ecological, economic, aesthetic, and cultural value. These habitats serve many essential ecosystem functions including water purification and storage, erosion reduction, sediment storage, pollution control, nutrient cycling and carbon storage, and critical habitat for many different plants and animals. For these reasons, this Wetlands Action Plan (WAP) was undertaken to develop a coordinated management approach to protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands in the Upper Gallinas Watershed.

Maryann McGraw
Wetlands Program Coordinator
(505) 827-0581

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This Wetlands Action Plan for the Upper Gallinas Watershed (WAP-UGW) was developed to assess the current status, distribution, and condition of wetlands in the Upper Gallinas Watershed and to guide future actions and initiatives for the protection, restoration and enhancement of wetlands and riparian areas in the watershed. This plan is a working document that represents the best information available at the time. The plan should be updated as more information and resources become available.

The Upper Gallinas Watershed
is a sub-watershed of the Pecos Watershed and is located in northeastern New Mexico. The watershed is 54,715 acres (85.5 square miles) from its headwaters on Elk Mountain to the Montezuma Hot Springs near Montezuma, NM, including Porvenir Canyon to the headwaters of Beaver Creek. This total of 35.3 miles of stream length descends from an elevation of 11,661’ to 6,800’. The watershed covers the Gallinas River, Gallinas Creek and Porvenir Canyon.

The WAP-UGW project area included the entire area covered by the Watershed-Based Plan (WBP) for the Upper Gallinas River with an additional downstream area to the Montezuma Hot Springs. The area downstream of the WBP area was added to the WAP since numerous proposals are currently being considered that affect these critical wetlands.

This Wetlands Action Plan was prepared for and funded by the New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Bureau Wetlands Program (Karen Menetrey, Project Officer) to satisfy U.S. EPA CWA Section 104(b)(3) Wetlands Grant (Assistance Agreement No. CD-00F425-01-0 (FY2011)), entitled: “New Mexico Wetlands from Plan to Action Phase 3."

 

Hermit's Peak Watershed Alliance - Nuestra Tierra, Nuestro Futuro
Prepared for the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance by
Lea Knutson and Katie Withnall - Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance;
Lisa Failing Bentson - Lux Natura Environmental Consulting; and
Rick McNeill - Juniper Botanical Consulting

April 14, 2015

 

MORE WORK AT SWQB IN THE UPPER PECOS RIVER WATERSHED:

Bulleted item Upper Gallinas River Watershed-Based Plan (2015)
Bulleted item Pecos Headwaters Watershed TMDL (2013)
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Bulleted item Gallinas Watershed Thinning FINAL Monitoring Report (2007-2009)
Bulleted item Gallinas Watershed Thinning INTERIM Monitoring Report (2007)
Bulleted item Gallinas River Watershed Resoration Action Strategy (2005)
Bulleted item TMDL for the Pecos Headwaters Watershed (2005)
Bulleted item Water Quality Survey Summary for the Upper Pecos River Watershed, Part I - 2001 (2004)
Bulleted item Water Quality Survey Summary for the Upper Pecos River Watershed, Part II - 2001 (2004)
Bulleted item Water Quality Survey Summary for the Upper Pecos River Watershed, Part III - 2001 (2004)
Bulleted item Water Quality Assessment of the Gallinas River and Tecolote Creek - 2001 (2002)
 
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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.

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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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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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