New Mexico is prioritizing restoration of critical watersheds and putting its money where its mouth is. Last year Governor Susana Martinez launched a Watershed Restoration Initiative to proactively treat and improve public lands to protect landscapes, communities and the valuable water supply.
$3.5 million in funding from the current capital projects spending package will be used to treat about 7,700 acres of high-priority watershed areas on public lands, which were identified in the New Mexico Forest Action Plan.
New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Secretary David Martin praised federal and local governments for their help with the watershed projects. “The interagency collaboration and local support on these projects is outstanding,” he said. Read more here.