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 and relevant reports.  Learn about work parties at the Tijeras Creek Remediation Project.

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.


Taking Water Harvesting to High School  - When I got a call from Amy Bell, lead Landscape Architect at Groundwork Studio, about providing a high school with water harvesting activities, I couldn’t resist.  Look at that rooftop on the south side of the school building, draining onto an gravel-covered opportunity site! A project-based curriculum for high schools, Water Harvesting on Site, is one of […]
Adaptive Actions with Tijeras Creek -   When I first visited the Tijeras Creek Remediation Project two years ago, it was to explore large-scale earthworks: a system of basins, swales, berms and spillways.  I discovered that much more is occurring there.  The project returns natural processes to the upper creek’s floodplain and expands watershed awareness and resiliency know-how. Before: Degraded Environment Following the […]
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 […]