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.“
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Thanks, Liz Stefanics, Senator – District 39 Office 505-986-4378 Cell 505-699-4808 firstname.lastname@example.org