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 with run-down yards or difficult, eroding areas got a new perspective about tending the water/ soil connection. I’ll be at the Urban Homesteading Club on August 24 with an accelerated version of the class. Thank you to the site hosts of this free class!
During the past few months, I worked on a few grant proposals that are leading to new resources for Querencia Green. A complex project up the watershed of Tijeras Creek holds numerous educational opportunities. In collaboration with Jim Brooks, the site manager of the Tijeras Creek Remediation Project (aka Soilutions‘ lead man and soil expert), we will strengthen the educational opportunities at the site: hands-on experiences with green infrastructure, suppression of invasive plant species, and improvements in soil health and stabilization. I first explored the site in early 2014 and reported in the blog post Earthworks Working.
The good funding news: ABQ Involved has provided a small grant for field trips with Highland High School’s Advanced Science class to the Tijeras Creek Project. A new grant from PNM’s Power Up program will increase the number of field trips and work parties at Tijeras Creek while supporting an expansion of the streambank recovery area. We’ll post news about upcoming workshops in the next month so you can get out there to dig, pull and rock. Thank you to the Environmental Education Association of New Mexico and Executive Director Barbara Garrity for your support in submitting the grants, and all the collaborating partners, current and future!
In other ‘free’ hours, I’ve practiced water harvesting design as a community service to the Valle del Oro National Urban Wildlife Refuge, focusing on its old farmhouse, and the Walatowa Charter High School at Jemez Pueblo. One more service project is in the works.
Practice practice practice. And observe.
It’s raining, again.