The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental subdivision of New Mexico serving eastern Sandoval County.
Coronado SWCD helps landowners, farmers, ranchers, residents and local organizations carry out conservation projects. These projects help to:
Seeking Solutions • Leveraging Resources • Engaging Local Partners
News and Announcements
Wood Chipper Day RESCHEDULED Saturday, June 30, 2018, 8:30-1:30, Placitas Community Library!
Due to inclement weather this event has been rescheduled.
Weather-permitting, Chipper Day will take place on Saturday, June 30, 2018.
Coronado SWCD Board Changes
Jon Couch stepped down from his position as a District Supervisor in April. Thank you Jon for all of your commitment to District projects and your terrific service on the Board throughout the years, both in your previous and most recent Supervisor position.
At the April 2018 Board meeting, Kathleen Groody was appointed as an interim Supervisor in position 1. Ms. Groody has a B.S. in International Agricultural Development and an M.S. in Soil Science/Hydrology, both from the University of California at Davis. She owns and operates a 25-acre alfalfa farm in Siles, NM and is interested in preservation of agricultural land, production of less water-intensive crops, and water rights. Welcome, Kathleen!
Judith Hurley resigned from her position as Associate Supervisor in May. Judith took the helm in designing a new website for Coronado in September 2014 when she was appointed an interim District Supervisor and has been serving as website manager since then. Margaret (Katy) Baca, a law student at UNM, will be stepping in to manage the website. Welcome, Katy!
Changes to SWCD election system
The Local Election Act, House Bill 98, was passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Martinez on March 7, 2018. The bill stipulates that local, non-partisan elections, including those for Soil and Water Conservation District supervisors, will now be administered by the County Clerk. Previously, state statutes stipulated that Soil and Water Conservation Districts administer their own elections. Beginning in 2019, SWCD elections throughout the state will be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of odd-numbered years.
We Treat Soil Like Dirt
"Erosion is rampant in the Watershed, as bare, lifeless soil blows and washes away with every rain. Unpermitted roads snake through our hills turning into gullies and then arroyos, dumping tons of sediment into Las Huertas Creek," writes Coronado Chair Lynn Montgomery in an article in the April issue of the Sandoval Signpost. You can read the article here.
The Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District Land Use Policy Plan is available here.
The US Forest Service has released "A Citizens' Guide to National Forest Planning." It aims to demystify the forest planning process and explain how organizations and citizens can be involved in forest plan revisions. You can download the guide here. Posted 10/11/16
The New Mexico Drought Task Force has an information-packed website with monthly drought updates and other resources. You'll find it here.
Help kids learn about healthy soil! New soil health coloring book available from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service. Schools can request up to 50 copies and individuals up to 2 copies. The 24-page coloring book is expected to be available in mid-November. Copies can be ordered in advance here.
Help get kids engaged in water conservation! Free educational resources are available that combine a read-aloud story with fun activities to engage youth and adults together. Use the materials in classroom, home school, adult literacy programs and informal education programs. Some items are available in Spanish. Access the materials here.
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