Estás Invitado / You're Invited

Rachel Exposito
January 20, 2023

The Embudo Valley Library and Ecotone Landscape Planning, LLC invite all community members to a short presentation and discussion about a project idea and potential grant application that is intended to provide funds and a support system so that community members can organize and conduct their own watershed protection work. 

Ecotone has been doing watershed protection work in the area for over a decade. It’s time to put this work in the hands of the community.  They have identified a grant that could support this transition.

This idea involves two main parts: 

1) The development of a support system for Lower Embudo Valley community members to create their own grassroots, community-based watershed protection group, which can hire a local project coordinator (paid through this grant), and 

2) Outdoor, hands-on, educational workshops for youth and community members in which participants learn about and conduct watershed restoration work in the Lower Embudo Valley. (This work is for educational purposes and would be separate from other restoration work that Ecotone has been conducting in the area.)

At this meeting you can:

* Learn more about this project idea, grant, and possible activities (Where did this idea come from? Who would be involved? Why might you support or not support this work?)

* Have an opportunity to discuss with fellow community members

* Express your support for or disagreement with this work 

* Share your ideas, questions, and feedback that will shape the grant application

We are seeking community consent and feedback before we submit the grant proposal at the end of January.  Whether we apply for the grant or not, this is an initial conversation and all ideas and perspectives are welcome.

Potential regional partners that would help support the local watershed group include:

* Picuris Pueblo

* East Rio Arriba Soil and Water Conservation District

* New Mexico State Land Office

* Trout Unlimited

* Embudo Valley Library and Community Center

* Ecotone Landscape Planning, LLC

* Any other group or individual interested in contributing

For those that really want to dive into the details, a draft summary of the grant application, with more information about this project idea, is here.

If you have any questions, concerns, or want to talk about the possibilities or share your thoughts either before or after the meeting you can:

* Call the library at 505-579-9181 during work hours to talk to us (we are here Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 10-5)

* Leave us a voicemail after hours at this number 

* Email the library at


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Meeting ID: 892 4755 2682

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