San Miguel County Commissioners pass Resolution concerning Comexico LLC exploration permit

San Miguel County Board of County Commissioners Resolution 06-27-2019-01 passed on June 27, 2019 states:
“In Support of strong measures to protect clean water and quality of live; and in opposition to the incomplete application of the proposed hard rod mining operation in the Jones Hill are of the Pecos River watershed on the Santa Fe National Forest by Comexico LLC, a subsidiary of New World Cobalt and in support of strong measures to protect water quality.

Read full resolution here -> San Miguel County Board of County Commissioners Resolution 06-27-2019-01

New Tererro Exploration and Mining project information page

Mineral mining

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association has put together an web page resource that will consolidate information about the New World Cobalt/Comexico LLC Tererro exploration drilling project in the Pecos Canyon. It includes the plans and submitted permit, project map, NM Energy Minerals and Natural Resources Department information pertaining to the permit, and scientific publications from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources on mining in New Mexico. We’ll update it as new information becomes available.

If this topic interests you, bookmark this link – Tererro Exploration Drilling info page

UPWA Fundraiser Raffle Prizes

We have two great items to in the raffle this year at our annual fundraiser at Brush Ranch River Lodge.

Handcrafted 7 ft 4/5 wt bamboo fly rod made by local rodmaker, Dan Gowe of Zia Rods. $1500 value.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased at the event or online . You don’t need to be present to win.

A Yeti Tundra Haul cooler. $400 value.

Tickets Available – Upper Pecos Watershed Assn Fundraiser

Join us again at Brush Ranch River Lodge this summer to support our work in the Upper Pecos watershed.

Musical entertainment by local band The Jakes. Dinner catered by Walter Burke Catering and live auction led by auctioneer Scott Rice.

WWT 2019 Event tickets and raffle tickets are available to purchase online 

Raffle features handcrafted bamboo flyrod made by local rod maker Dan Gowe and Yeti Tundra Cooler.

Watch our website ( and Facebook page for auction and raffle items. 

Lower Cow Creek landowner’s field workshop – March 27, 2019

Lower Cow Creek landowners field workshop 2

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association project team held another landowner’s field workshop at our Lower Cow Creek restoration project in North San Ysidro, NM. Since our last field trip in early March, the snow has started to melt and the creek was up a bit. For the first time since construction we were able to observe how the restoration work is performing under higher flows.

We have one more group that we’ll meet with late Wednesday afternoon, April 3rd.

Lower Cow Creek Landowner’s Field Trip

Lower Cow Creek landowners workshop - March 4, 2019
A frosty March morning on Cow Creek in North San Ysidro

The Lower Cow Creek project in North San Ysidro is our first EPA Clean Water Act 319 (h) project done on private property. As a part of ensuring that the project work has a sustained beneficial impact, UPWA is organizing a series of post-construction field workshops with the landowners. The intention of of the workshop is to provide a review of the work that was done and teach methods that the landowners can use to prevent some of the problems that were repaired. On the cold morning of March 4th, between snowfalls, we had our first meeting with four landowners. UPWA project manager David Lemke and Pathfinder Environmental technical consultant led the discussion. Everyone was pleased with the results. Landowners in attendance were John Michels, Leroy, Patsy and Isidro Gonzales. We discussed the technical aspects of the constructed in-stream structures, explaining how they are self-scouring to help maintain cool water temperatures and reduce the accumulation of sediment. Additionally, we talked about the structures used to reduce the erosion effects during high water events and the enhancement of riparian habitat and floodplain development to minimize the amount of sediment loss.

One of the key problems that was identified during the scoping meeting last year was the severe erosion in the vicinity of a 50 yard stretch of their local acequia. Had this project not been done, the acequia at this location would have ultimately been damaged.

Upper Pecos Watershed Association - Lower Cow Creek project landowner meeting 7
North San Ysidro Acequia Segura at Lower Cow Creek. Erosion damage that is impacting the ditch integrity.
Lower Cow Creek post construction at Acequia Segura
Lower Cow Creek post construction at Acequia Segura

UPWA 2019 Watershed Based Plan Released

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association is proud to announce the completion and release of our updated Watershed Based Plan 2019.

In 2016, the Upper Pecos Watershed Association (UPWA) received a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through the New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED’s) Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) to update their Watershed-Based Plan (WBP). This update was extensively revised and includes new implementation projects and discussion of the effects of two major wildfires that occurred in the watershed in 2013. It also includes updates and revisions to other sections of the original plan released in 2012.

UPWA Watershed Base Plan Update 2019

Support Pecos Canyon State Park during 2019 Legislative session

Funding for the Pecos Canyon State Park is under review during the current 2019 legislative session.

The Pecos Canyon State Park will be part of a State Park budget presentation to Senate Finance on Monday, February 11th in Rm 322 at 1:30 PM
It would help to show up and support extra appropriation of $1.5 – 2.5 million

Liz Stefanics, Senator – District 39
Office 505-986-4378 Cell  505-699-4808

Dia del Rio 2018 – Pecos Canyon clean up

Upper Pecos Watershed Association - Dia del Rio Pecos River canyon clean up

Meet up location at Monastery Lake

Scheduled Activities

9 AM

Donuts and coffee will be served

Team assignments (or form your own), safety briefing, clean up supplies.

River blessing by Benedictine Monastery Father Coleman

10 AM – 1 PM

Pecos River Canyon clean up

1 – 3 PM

Meet at Jamie Koch Pavilion for free picnic lunch

Free bucket raffle, door prizes for:  Most trash collected; Largest team; Most interesting treasure found; Oldest piece of trash.

Truchas Chapter Trout Unlimited will provide fly tying demonstrations, fly casting assistance, and aquatic insect education.

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