River Source Blog

Elena Gonzales, fantastic River Source intern of 2017

My name is Elena Gonzales, and I live north of Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a small town in the Española Valley. I will be entering my senior year of high school this upcoming August. At home, I am surrounded by mountains, and have grown to appreciate the land I live in. Many of my childhood […]

Learning Substance: Experiencing the Life of Water by Transmedia Artist Elise Sibley Chandler

trickle ripple chirp swish squawk peep crackle crunch babble bubble whirl swirl swoosh spatter On a walk to the Santa Fe River we encounter the substance permeating our existence: water.  The river is being opened up and repopulated with life; trails make it more accessible and it is increasingly safe in the public’s eye. In […]

Reoccupying the Santa Fe River

Living next to the Santa Fe River, I get to walk it nearly every day with my family and dogs.  And in the last couple of years I get to work in it nearly as often. Like an old friend, my relationship has deepened over the years so I’ve come to know it, both the elements […]

Part 2 of 3: Getting real about river restoration on the Santa Fe River

When I started intensive work on the Santa Fe River in 2007 I was a relative newbie to the practice of fluvial geomorphology.  And yet I soon found myself running laser-level surveys and coordinating a team including some of the best in the business of innovative and proven practices in stabilizing river banks, reconnecting incised […]

Learning lessons on river restoration – geomorphic stability of Alire to Frenchies @ Rio Santa Fe

I present a series of blogs in 3 parts: 1st = how did we get here, 2nd = what is happening now, and 3rd = what is suggested for increasing ecological health and park values. How did we get here (1 of 3 parts).  I’ve been bothered watching a section of river degrade in my neighborhood, […]

Coming ENSO (El Nino) = build raingardens & planning 4 drought

I was graced by a call from my wonderful neighbor and Santa Fe native, Zelie Pollon, who is now on news staff duties at KSFR and doing a great job.  She asked me about River Source restoration, water harvesting, and planning work in the City and County of Santa Fe and I suggested we talk […]

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