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Adopt the River or Adopt an Arroyo Today!

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The Santa Fe Watershed Association

  • A group opportunity. Invite your friends.
  • 7 people are interested
Santa Fe River Volunteers
Team work!

How River and Arroyo Adoption Works

The Santa Fe Watershed Association manages two programs that basically work like a national adopt a highway program. Aside from no government funding, and trash pick up, the biggest difference between our programs and the national adopt a highway program is truly an opportunity to improve Santa Fe's Watershed. Your watershed.

Our Adopt the River program of 15 years and Adopt an Arroyo program uses the power of uber volunteers who adopt a part of the Santa Fe River or local arroyo. Adoption is positive environmental impact. We also post much snappier signs near each adopted area to display volunteer and sponsor logos or names.

There are a couple of ways to adopt a piece of the Santa Fe River or a bit of an arroyo. A financial commitment as a sponsor or physical commitment as a steward is all it takes. It's pretty easy and you'll be part of an extended, brilliant, community who cares and protects Santa Fe's best asset for cleaner water. Protect the watershed and you protect both the community and the environment.

Check out our website at santafewatershed.org to see who else is committed to protecting a precious bit of the watershed.

Interested? Then follow up with us if you'd like to join us in our mission to protect and restore the health and vibrancy of the Santa Fe River and its watershed for the benefit of people and the environment.

More opportunities with The Santa Fe Watershed Association

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About The Santa Fe Watershed Association


1413 2ND ST STE 3, SANTA FE, NM 87505, US

Mission Statement

Established in 1997 , t he mission of the Santa Fe Watershed Association is to protect and restore the health and vibrancy of the Santa Fe River and its watershed for the benefit of people and the environment. We achieve this through education, restoration, stewardship, and advocacy. From the River’s headwaters to the Rio Grande, we honor the connection of people and the watershed.


The Santa Fe area faces the ongoing danger of catastrophic fire in our overgrown upper watershed, above the City drinking supply reservoirs. Management of the forests that safeguard the reservoirs has been an important theme for the Watershed Association, but in the past few years we have given new attention to the middle and lower stretches of the river. In particular, we are advocating restoration of consistent flow to the river to support vegetation and wildlife habitat, while recharging the groundwater. We are striving to create a sense of responsibility and common interest among all residents of the watershed. Additionally, our education programs have provided opportunities for locals to experience the Santa Fe River and its watershed through both school and public programs. Programs are designed to highlight a variety of ecosystems and explore ways that humans impact water and water impacts humans.

Children & Youth


Tue Feb 02, 2021 - Sat May 01, 2021
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM  


The Santa Fe Metro AreaThe Santa Fe River or Arroyo in the City LimitsSanta Fe, NM 87505



  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • One year financial or hands on commitment.
  • Call us and we'll fill you in. We will also let you know how we are helping our volunteers stay safe while COVID is in town.

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