Recent UPWA Projects


Protecting, Maintaining and Improving the Health  of the Pecos River Watershed, 

as well as the Local Economy & Cultures.

In April, 2016 thanks to a grant UPWA received, work was done in and around the Dalton Day Use Area to help improve water quality and fish habitat by restoring the river channel to a more natural condition, reducing turbidity, attenuating flow energy during future flooding, and reducing downstream water temperatures.

On April 30, 2016 students from the Trout Unlimited “Trout in the Classroom Project” released trout at the Dalton Day Use site in the Pecos canyon.

In the spring of 2015 UPWA adopted the Dalton Pink Rock area, which had been closed by the Forest Service due to budgetary constrictions. In collaboration with the Forest Service Pecos / Las Vegas Ranger District, UPWA (and volunteers) committed to helping repair and paint picnic tables, remove broken grills and assist with weekly trash removal. Pink Rock is a favorite swimming hole of local children and the community. Thank you, James!

In June, 2016 almost 40 volunteers participated in our  annual River Cleanup—we appreciate everyone’s help in keeping the canyon clean.  Trash was collected from several locations throughout the  canyon  before volunteers met at the Jamie Koch Pavilion for frito pies. Thank you also to the Forest Service for removing the trash bags.

Pathfinder’s Devin Kennemore, UPWA’s Reina Fernandez and US Forest Service partners Carlos Lovato, Alberta Maez, James Munoz, Cecil Rich and Lee Harrelson went to look at the site that will be worked on with the Cow Creek 319 Grant.