Taos SWCD assists local acequias, governments, associations and private landowners with sandbags for both irrigation and erosion control. Additionally, irrigation tarp is also available at this time. The District distributed approximately 1,600 sandbags to 36 different cooperators this past operating year. The District worked with Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) to fund a Junior Corps crew to work at the Hunt’s Pond near Questa, NM. The Junior Corps program allows young individuals to learn about community service and natural resource conservation. Additionally, Taos SWCD partnered with RMYC on a conservation project at the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Ojo Caliente, NM. Taos SWCD continued to collaborate with the Greater Rio Grande Watershed Alliance (GRGWA) which consists of the Coronado, Ciudad, Claunch-Pinto, Cuba, East Rio Arriba, Edgewood, Lava, Santa Fe-Pojoaque and Valencia Soil & Water Conservation Districts, respectively. Taos SWCD has purchased 3 acres of land near its current location with the help of the NM Finance Authority. This land will be the location of the future Taos Soil & Water Conservation Building. This new infrastructure will provide natural resource conservation services and programs to residents of Taos County in future years.
Total Special Project expenditures for FY 2010-11 were approximately $7,600.