Water.  Arid Places.  Conserve.  Harvest.

Edge of new rainwater harvesting basin with Sage plant

We live in the arid West, and we’re learning how to respond to rising temperatures and increased demands on limited water.  Every individual can conserve water inside their home and find ways to wisely use rainwater and greywater outside.  

Querencia Green is a community program in Albuquerque, New Mexico that celebrates water harvesting projects and programs that lead to community resilience.  This website describes rainwater harvesting and green infrastructure projects in the mid Rio Grande region and beyond.  

The idea of querencia, a sense of affection and care for place, provides inspiration to re-connect water to land and people to place.  

Read the latest Blog & News about local events with partners and relevant reports.

The Photo Gallery is updated periodically with projects focused on soil, earthworks, and rainwater storage strategies.   View key steps of an earthworks installation with the Water Harvesting Certification Course crew in Albuquerque.


Environmental Education in Place - Many school campuses have portable buildings, eroded soils, and bare landscape areas.  At the School on Wheels High School in the South Valley, our Places We Live team saw an opportunity for a small earthworks project. During rainstorms, a downspout on a portable building flowed next to the building and the water collected and evaporated in a low […]
Trees, Hot Cities and Water - Re-thinking trees and rainwater The connections between trees, stormwater, and the soil / water web are not always obvious in our cities and towns.  With the approach of El Nino, it will help to maintain a broad view of climate change and long-term drought, and to keep in mind the human inclination toward the hydro-illogical […]
September Work Party at Tijeras Creek - September Work Party at Tijeras Creek Learn about the improvements on the stream bank and ideas for future expansion. Tijeras Creek Remediation Project DATE & TIME: Sunday, September 13, 9 am – 1 pm LOCATION: 24 Public School Rd., Tijeras  (map below)  Crews will work on these items (dependent on soil moisture conditions): Ground preparation and […]
Querencia Green Reaches Out with Partners - 2015 Monsoon News from Joanne McEntire The accelerating need for adaptive resilience in the US West motivates me to continue the work of Querencia Green: providing outreach and educational opportunities about green infrastructure and water harvesting.  The Juan Tabo Seed Library and the city’s Open Space Visitors Center hosted my Water Harvesting Basics class last spring,  Homeowners […]