Starting this Fall - those traveling Highway 64 towards Angel Fire will get to see the latest stage of the La Jara Canyon wetland restoration project, a process that started with a wetland assessment in 2017 and ongoing restoration projects starting in 2019. Project #7 is focused on using natural system design to reduce ongoing channel incision and erosion while reconnecting the channel with adjacent abandoned floodplain. This will expand the inundation area and promote wetland plant recruitment, improving wetland habitat diversity, complexity, and resiliency. Upon completion, the project will increase the hydroperiod and baseline residence time of water in the stream which helps mitigate flooding risk and maintains aquatic habitat longer into the summer! As a major drainage for the Rio Fernando watershed, this restoration of La Jara Canyon will have a significant impact on the health of our river.
The wetland assessment and engineering design was completed by Watershed Artisans. Other project partners include: Amigos Bravos, US Forest Service, New Mexico Game & Fish, The Nature Conservancy, and Taos Ski Valley Foundation.
For those interested - we have included the concept & engineering plan. Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!
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