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(Videos) Guadalupe Montessori School rainwater harvesting during monsoon downpour

In the Guadalupe Montessori School driveway flood series. Here, the basins by the bike path are getting a run for their money.

Another angle on the arroyo's path over the field and exit to Alabama. Before the work, the arroyo made its exit down the south driveway (our exit driveway). In the first frame, you can see the berm that is redirecting the water on to the field. If the water had exited to Alabama right there, the water's path would have been significantly shorter, and the flow would have been much faster, causing way more damage.

La Mancha Wetland Progress Report

Work has resumed at SWEC's La Mancha Wetland Project. We estimate it will take 2-3 weeks to finish this phase of the project, which consists of excavating a deep pond connected to an existing marsh. The pond will fill with groundwater and will provide year-round habitat for fish and other aquatic creatures, even when the river is dry. The next and final phase of the project will be to construct a connecting channel across the IBWC floodway to the river.

We'll post frequent progress reports here. Scroll down for older posts.

January 28. Day eight of construction.

Ponded areas are significantly larger and will soon be connected to make a large area of aquatic habitat. Just what this area needs!

January 27. Day seven of construction.

Water Harvesting Bike Tour

Van on 1958 Schwinn Hornet On Thursday, September 24th Stream Dynamics hosted a Bike Tour of water harvesting projects as part of the 11th annual Gila River Festival. Twenty bikes of all varieties joined us on a tour of 20 project sites. Although we have been building water harvesting projects within the Town of Silver City since 2008, our current project is to build 80 water harvesting projects! This ambitious mega-project is funded through a grant from the New Mexico Environment Department as part of their River Stewardship program. So far we have built 9 new projects, so we only have 71 more to go!


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