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  • New Mexico’s Rio Grande and its tributaries supply water to Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Native American Pueblos and other communities—water for more than half of New Mexico’s population.
  • Frequent, high-severity wildfires like the 2011 Las Conchas incident cause post-fire flooding that increasingly threaten the Rio Grande’s water security.
  • After the Las Conchas Fire, post-fire thunderstorms brought rain to the burned areas and created massive ash and debris flows in surrounding canyons.
  • The Rio Grande turned black with sediment after the Las Conchas Fire. Water managers halted withdrawals in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, determining the ash-laden water was not worth treating.
  • These brown trout died in wildfire ash-contaminated water in the Rio San Antonio, a headwater tributary of the Rio Grande.
  • Not a pretty picture: the devastated landscape left in the wake of the 2011 Las Conchas fire.
  • When New Mexico’s forests can’t provide clean, reliable water, our health and economy are jeopardized. Restoring overgrown forests is a proven solution to make forests safer and healthier.
  • The Rio Grande Water Fund will generate sustainable funding for a 10-30 year program of large-scale forest and watershed restoration treatments.
  • By preserving and restoring our forests, we can sustain New Mexico’s water supply, increase social and economic benefits for local communities and contribute to an improved quality of life.
  • Donate today to give New Mexico the gift of clean water.
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