The latest from Stream Dynamics:

Human infrastructure sometimes gets flooded if it is built within the flood prone area of the river. Whose fault is this? Mother Nature's?

This photo is from the Gila River at floodstage in late Summer 2013.

On October 15th in Valles Caldera National Preserve, a crew of 4 men from Jemez Pueblo YCC dug a "flow splitter" to re-irrigate a 30+ acre wet meadow that had been drained for agriculture over 80 years ago. This work was done under the design and direction of Stream Dynamics; the client was Wild Earth Guardians.

Here is a LIDAR image of the anthropogenic gullies on an historic alluvial fan in the Valles Caldera National Preserve near Los Alamos, NM. Below is the same image overprinted with labels showing where the work was done. Approximately 38 acres of wet meadow was restored by this work.

Valles Caldera LIDAR


Stream Dynamics, Inc. created another Water Harvesting Curb cut on city property in front of Silver City councilor Polly Cook's house. Stream Dynamics thanks Polly for her support and willingness to host a demonstration project in front of her house!

Using concrete saw to cut curb for water harvesting

Van Clothier making one of the initial cuts.

Removing concrete from cut

Thin slabs are easily removed with a rock hammer.


Before, during and after photos of the newly constructed wetlands at Ruidoso High School, built by Stream Dynamics in June and July of this year. Bog Springs Creek and a wetlands are now on High School property and incorporated into the previously existing Entrance Park.

Before the project the Creek flowed in a ditch on the other side of Warrior Drive to upper right of the photo.Bog Springs Creek Before

Here comes the water! At this point, the wetalnd has been excavated, shaped, and a boulder waterfall has been constructed (water just released into new wetland photo).


Photo by Nathan Jackson - A white-tailed deer doe and fawn stop for a mid-day drink in Aravaipa Creek less than a half-mile downstream from Cobra Ranch.By Nathan Jackson (originally appeared in the Southwest Environment, a publication of the University of Arizona)

A white-tailed deer doe and fawn stop for a mid-day drink in Aravaipa Creek less than a half-mile downstream from Cobra Ranch. Photo by Nathan Jackson A white-tailed deer doe and fawn stop for a mid-day drink in Aravaipa Creek less than a half-mile downstream...

July and August rains have been very generous this year in Silver City. Silva Creek Botanical Gardens water harvesting diversion was created in 2006. Many hundreds of volunteer hours have been spent planting and tending the native plants that grow here from harvested rainwater. Stormwater runoff from a 75 acre neighborhood subwatershed used to go out of town in the Big Ditch. Now it irrigates the garden, which gets better and better each year.

On Cheyenne Street a driveway between two houses was shortened by one parking space to create a rain garden. Dave and Katherine are stoked about their curb cut on Montana Street which fills four large basins in a good rain. At the 10th Street entrance to Western New Mexico University, native plants and wildflowers thrive on harvested rainwater from 5 curb bore holes. A riot of wildflowers flourish on runoff frim a dirt cul-de-sac on North Grant Street. Mark Cantrell from Lone Mountain Natives checks a Desert Sage he supplied for a project on E Street in Silver City.

Stream Dynamics owner Van Clothier loves to see his work... well, working. So, during a recent monsoon rain Van went all around his hometown to see his projects in action, harvesting water for the greater good. Here are photos and a video from his tour.

Mogollon Creek flood chart July 24, 2013Mogollon Creek spiked at 15,000 cubic feet per second on Wednesday, July 24. There was a Forest Service fence and gate near an eroding bank of the creek near the confluence with the Gila River. Stream Dynamics had stabilized this bank as part of a project for the Upper Gila Watershed Alliance in December 2011. We moved the gate and fence back from the creek about 30 feet and stabilized the bank by planting willows and cottonwoods in a deep trench. The groundwater was so low on the day of planting that I had to dig 9 feet deep to hit the water. Tom Cooper and James Sanders assisted on various parts of this job, which also included setting large boulders to prevent people from driving on the river banks.

Most of the trees sprouted and were able to survive the drought due to the very deep planting. The planting was designed in the form of an upstream pointing stream barb, which stream restorationists call a vane. This is intended to create a bit of deposition, which the willows then protect with their branches and roots. Picture a willow thicket during a flood. The flood waters are going very fast and they lay the willows down flat against the bank. Under the many stems and shoots of the...

With rainy season we can all see the copious amounts of water that run of the streets and another resident decided to do what he could. A new water diversion/harvesting system was begun today and will be completed tomorrow. In the upper left water will be diverted from a relatively steep street to 4 catch basins like the ones above being worked on by Jonathan Jordan, Aldo High Student on left and Daniel Eady.

Water catchment basin construction

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