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On Saturday, February 23, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation with the help of local sponsors (TogetherGreen, Audubon New Mexico, Sierra Club, and the City of Santa Fe) organized the second voluntary and very successful clean-up event of the Buckman Bosque Restoration Project area. Approximately 30 volunteers provided their time, energy, and enthusiasm, while the sponsors of the event provided tools (gloves, trash bags, shovels, rakes, trowels), shade & chairs, beverages & lunch, portable toilet, and volunteer incentives (hats, t-shirts).

 

In spite of the realization of how much neglect and abuse this beautiful and inspirational area has experienced, the mood was festive and energized as glass, cans, diapers, tires, and other rubbish began to disappear, revealing the underlying integrity of the Rio Grande and its riparian forest. By 3:30 pm all the garbage in the ½ mile project area along the Rio Grande was gone and the full sized dumpster, provided by BDD, was ¾ full of some rather remarkable things including: a sofa bed, rugs, blankets, and tires. Despite the fact that the bulk of the garbage was found in the form of broken glass, we were able to recycle two full bins of unbroken bottles and ¾ of a bin of aluminum cans.

 

Having finished early because of the great turn out and the infectious inspiration that seemed to keep everyone motivated and working hard, many sat around in the warm afternoon sun laughing, telling stories, pointing out birds, landmarks and different hikes in the area.  There was a definite sense of satisfaction having re-claimed this beautiful place through such good intentions and hard work.

 

We would like to thank the volunteers and sponsors of this event for their hard work and dedication to improve the quality of the wonderful and valuable Buckman Bosque Restoration Project area!

 

More pictures available on the History Tab in the photo archive.

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Volunteers Needed!

February 6, 2013

  Help us clean up the Buckman Bosque Restoration Project Site! Saturday, February 23, 2013 9:00am to 3:00pm We need your help to remove trash before we can replace native species, restore habitat and improve recreational opportunities at the historic Buckman town site. Many hands make light work! See link to the flyer for more details.  Volunteer flyer

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Come help celebrate Public Lands Day and be part of a team to prepare a location on the banks of the Rio Grande for future ecosystem restoration. Join us on September 30, 2012, to remove trash from the Buckman Direct Diversion water project site. Many hands make light work! For more details contact Steve Cary at Audubon New Mexico: 505-983-4609 x 27 or scary@audubon.org.

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Millions of Americans across the country rely on caring professionals to provide safe, healthful drinking water to their communities. Citizens trust water flowing from their taps will be free of water-borne contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and other unhealthful compounds. Water Treatment Plant Operators are true experts, committed to providing the highest quality water in communities to which they are so closely connected. As I reflect on my 30-year career in Water Utility Management, I’m convinced the Buckman Regional Water Treatment Plant Operators are among the most capable and dedicated people in the industry. In order to qualify, each individual met strict competency standards and completed a rigorous training program. The men and women at the BDD pledge to earn your trust, and are honored to play such an important role in sustaining a high quality of life in Santa Fe Communities. The Buckman Regional Water Treatment Plant guarantees the City of Santa Fe and Santa Fe County enjoys a reliable, safe water supply for years to come. The community can be proud of our facility and the people entrusted to carry out this important mission. Sincerely, Robert J. Mulvey, BDD Facilities Manager Buckman Direct Diversion Staff

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The BDD Board shares the public’s concern regarding raw river water that has shown to have elevated levels of contaminants including heavy metals and radionuclides in ash, ash-laden sediment and ash impacted by stormwater from burned areas of the Las Conchas Fire. The BDD Board has taken several steps to protect Santa Fe’s drinking water and ensure it is safe to drink. Vigorous test sampling and monitoring of both pre and post treatment water are on-going and rapid sampling processing by independent laboratories has been requested. Results of water quality samples taken of treated drinking water are better than Safe Drinking Water Standards. To address the public’s questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions regarding stormwater protection. In addition, we have posted several PowerPoint presentations and summaries on stormwater monitoring and water quality monitoring after the Las Conchas fire in the Resources section.
Monitoring results have only recently been posted due to a complex website software re-design to collect and send hourly diversion flow data directly to the website for real-time public reporting. Results for all storm related events to date has been finalized and can be viewed on the Stormwater Monitoring Summary page. Monitoring results will be posted timely.
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SANTA FE—Solar generated power is supplying most of the electricity needed to operate the Buckman Regional Water Treatment Plant (BRWTP), saving $250,000 in annual energy costs. The solar electricity provides much of the BRWTP peak needs and accounts for one-third of the yearly electricity needed to pump raw water from the Rio Grande and finished treated water to City and County storage tanks.

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TURN ON YOUR TAPS–GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF TREATED BUCKMAN DIRECT DIVERSION WATER BEGINS—The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) has given a green light for the Buckman Regional Water Treatment Plant (BRWTP) to begin production and delivery of a new source of safe, sustainable and reliable drinking water.

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The BDD Board is confident in ChemRisk’s independent conclusions that state there will be no health risk to people drinking BDD tap water.

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Public has 7 Additional Days to Provide Comments

The Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Board is extending the public comment period for the draft findings on their Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Project Independent Peer Review (IPR) efforts, conducted by ChemRisk, LLC (ChemRisk).

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Public Has 15 Days to Comment

Santa Fe – ChemRisk, LLC (ChemRisk), a national leader in investigating historical operations at U.S. nuclear weapons facilities has finalized their draft findings on their Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Project Independent Peer Review (IPR) efforts.

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