The monsoon in central New Mexico has been delightful, frustrating, spotty and intense – we know what “variable” means! Climate change is leading to more variability in precipitation while average monthly temperatures are on the rise. We protect and enhance our places when we slow the flow of stormwater and efficiently use it for outdoor spaces. With the potential El Niño next winter, there could be too much of a good thing! Fortunately, householders are re-thinking and re-designing gardens and yards, and local classes and community projects are materializing.
Summer Class – Intro to Water Harvesting and Green Infrastructure
Jeff Adams of terrasophia, LLC is providing an Introduction to Water Harvesting and Green Infrastructure workshop on August 23. The final in a series of three workshops, Jeff covers a lot of territory about earthworks and catchment tanks, design and installation principles. Slow it, spread it, sink it!
Jeff will be the lead instructor for the Rainwater Harvesting and Green Infrastructure certification course with the Watershed Management Group in September (the course is currently full). He brings a practical and integrated approach to each project as a designer. Jeff has a depth of experience in water harvesting training programs, including lead instructor for the American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association’s (ARCSA) Accredited Professional training.
The Intro class is on Saturday, August 23, 1 – 3:00 pm, at the City’s Open Space Visitor Center, 5400 Coors Blvd. NW. Register in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
La Mesa Neighborhood Garden Park Grows
Kyle Carr, producer of the local access TV program, Landscaping Southwest, visited the Garden Park on the first planting day in late Spring. This video segment jump-starts with John Bulten of East Central Ministries (ECM) and Trey Hammond of La Mesa Presbyterian Church, followed by Joanne McEntire of Querencia Green.
The trees that we planted in the two basins with school children and youth are Desert Willow and Privet (NM Olive). Shrubs include Utah Serviceberry, Sea Buckthorn, Cherry and Purple Sage, and Red Yucca. After several weeks of hand watering, the plants are settling in with the monsoon. Neighborhood youth crews have led the way in mulching, weeding and putting in penstemon and sage, Everyone is welcome to visit the park at 406 Espanola NE.
A grant proposal for the Garden Park was chosen as a finalist for the August vote by ABQ Involved members. ABQ Involved works with community groups and creates short videos for members to view before they vote for their favorite – a fun, online way to support local organizations!