U.S. citizens: Middle Rio Grande Urban Waters Partnership
This VISTA will support the Middle Rio Grande Urban Waters Partnership, which works to protect, restore and revitalize urban water resources in the Middle Rio Grande Area and the watershed associated with the project focus areas identified by the Partnership. The Partnership will use the mission, vision and principles of the National Urban Waters Federal Partnership to guide the work. The VISTA will support priority projects led by various organizations to provide diverse and varied opportunities from hands-on restoration to planning and policy work. The projects listed below are the priority projects developed by Partnership members. The VISTA will assist The Nature Conservancy in leading some of these project activities and assist other agencies where the Conservancy is a partner on the project. - Bridge Boulevard Redevelopment Plan - The Middle Rio Grande Conservation Initiative with primary focus on the Albuquerque metropolitan area including the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge - The Middle Rio Grande Restoration Project with BOR - Enhanced Storm Water Management through the Arid Low Impact Design (LID) Coalition - Backyard Refuge certification program and guidebook in partnership with the Friends of Valle de Oro - Community Engagement on storm water issues with a primary focus on rain barrel use, green space development, and natural infrastructure at South Valley Heath Commons, International District park site, and others - Source Water Protection Plan and water quality monitoring with the USGS While these projects are focused on environmental stewardship, all of these activities have an education or community engagement aspect to the work.