photo Rio Grande near Taos

The Water Sentinels Rios de Taos are kicking off the 2016 water-monitoring season with a planning and training meeting in late May.

We are also interested in monitoring other parts of New Mexico outside Taos County.  If you have a concern about a  possibly contaminated stream in your area, please contact coordinator Eric Patterson at eepatt@gmail.com. We are particularly interested in possible pollution of streams from the dairy industry.


The Taos High School Tiger Salamanders participated in stocking Rio Grande cutthroat trout at La Junta point on March 22. Students from Taos High School and Questa High School joined other volunteers to assist NM Game and Fish employees in carrying bags of trout fingerlings down the trail to the junction of the Red River and the Rio Grande.

The Tiger Salamanders have scheduled water monitoring on the Rio Pueblo April 6 and on Eagle Rock Lake/Red River on May 6. Two of the Tiger Salamanders will present their research projects at the annual Trout Unlimited banquet on May 20.

Do you have a young person who is interested working to improve the environment?  Tell them about the SPROG workshop near Denver this summer.  This is a weeklong program sponsored by the Sierra Student Coalition is aimed towards giving young people the knowledge and skills to really make a difference in their community.  For more information, contact Eric Patterson at or Camilla Feibelman.

Featured image by Tony Olsen.

Water monitoring news for Northern New Mexico