It’s Water-Monitoring Season: You Can Help!

by Eric Patterson- Adapted from Rio Grande Sierran

Water Sentinels—Rios de Taos will start the 2018 water-monitoring  season with a training session and first monitoring shortly after Memorial Day, a second in early July and a third in early September. 

UNM-Taos students sample water from the Rio Fernando de Taos watershed as part of a project for Amigos Bravos & Water Sentinels

Each requires a morning’s effort and is usually finished by noon.  If you are interested in helping out, contact Eric

We monitor the streams of Taos County.  If you would like to monitor elsewhere in New Mexico, let us know—-we can help set up a monitoring program.  Water is one of the most precious resources in our state, and we need to keep it clean.

In the off-season, Sentinels have been helping our sister organization, Amigos Bravos, monitor the Rio Fernando de Taos watershed.  Amigo Bravos used our data to secure a grant from the New Mexico Environment Department to determine the sources of E. Coli contamination in the Rio Fernando.

In other news, Water Sentinels has been awarded a grant to involve students in environmental activities.  The Sentinels have been involved with Taos Academy students this year.  Many of the students have become Sierra Club members and are involved in community activities.  They have held bake sales to raise money to preserve wildlife, gathered personal care products for the Taos Homeless Men’s Shelter and organized a village cleanup.

Sprog Workshops

The Student Sierra Coalition holds a week-long workshop in several locations each summer to give students the environmental and communications skills needed to actively make a difference in the environmental affairs of their communities.  Our chapter director has participated in these workshops, both as a student and as a teacher.

This year, the SPROG workshops are being held in California, Wisconsin, Mississippi and Puerto Rico.

Water Sentinels are sending one student from Taos Academy, one from UNM-Taos and three students from Taos high school to SPROG workshops this summer.  For more information about SPROG, Google “SSC sprog”.

If you know of an intelligent, environmentally aware student who could benefit from attendance at a SPROG workshop, contact Eric Patterson at

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