The Master Watershed Conservationist (MWC) program continues with the next forum: Weather, Climate, Droughts and Flooding. The forum will be via Zoom at 6:30 p.m. MDT on October 26, 2021. The October 26 event will be via ZOOM (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83473366813 --- PW: MWCP). All those interested in attending the event can go to https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservationprogram/ for a copy of the ZOOM link, and to register.
The forum will be led by John Gwynne, Dona Ana County Flood Commissioner who will address recent and historic flooding in the Rio Grande valley and the complex issues to reduce the dangers of flooding. Dave Dubois, State Climatologist, New Mexico State University, will address changing weather and climate and how they affect the watershed. Participants will have opportunity to engage in discussion with the speakers. The Master Watershed Conservationist series scheduled over the next eight months will engage volunteers in making decisions and implementing conservation projects in New Mexico’s southern Rio Grande watershed.
Eleven community organizations have come together under the leadership of the Doña Ana Soil and Water Conservation District (DASWCD) to organize the Master Watershed Conservationist volunteer program, including the Caballo Soil and Water Conservation District, City of Las Cruces, Doña Ana County Flood Commission, Elephant Butte Irrigation District, Natural Resource Conservation Service, New Mexico State University Extension, New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute, Paso del Norte Watershed Council, and Spring Rains Consulting. The goal of the program is to promote the stewardship of southern New Mexico's Rio Grande watershed through equipping citizens with the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions in the planning and management of the watershed, and engaging and empowering volunteers to play leadership roles, organize educational efforts, and implement conservation projects that address one or more critical conservation issues.
The MWC program is open to all persons in high school and older. The MWC program is particularly intent on recruiting persons interested in committing to volunteer to do conservation work in the Rio Grande valley. At this time, in support of local health guidelines the forums will be held via ZOOM. Registrants will be updated regularly when conditions allow future forums to be in person. For more information: https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservation-program/.