Local Events

Friday, June 16

10:15am to 12:15pm MT

Santa Fe Community Convention Center – O’Keeffe Room

There has never been a better time to access funding for water infrastructure projects. There is an unprecedented amount of money available from a wide variety of sources – both governmental and philanthropic – to both plan and build your projects. Additionally, the federal and state government have committed to an extraordinary amount of free technical assistance to help you access this money. The panel will share information on available funding and technical assistance resources and answer your questions regarding how to access the money and ensure your water system (drinking water, wastewater, stormwater) can meet public and environmental health regulations and provide reliable, sustainable service to your customers.

Panelists will include:

Rogelio Rodriguez

Director, Infrastructure Fund

Rogelio initiates and executes projects for the Water Finance Exchange (WFX) in Texas and throughout the United States by engaging with communities and understanding their needs from an infrastructure and financial aspect. Rogelio facilitates federal, state, and philanthropic funding opportunities into a long-term strategy of sustainable financial and operational systems.

Mr. Rodriguez brings a 25-year career in public finance having served hundreds of communities in addressing infrastructure needs and financial planning. He brings a history of credit analysis and financial modeling for utility systems, introducing opportunities for non-public funding and grants.

Heather Himmelberger

Director, Southwest Environmental Finance Center

Heather Himmelberger is the Director of the Southwest Environmental Finance Center, a position she has held for the past 27 years. She has worked with water and wastewater utilities of all sizes, on a variety of issues, including, but not limited to: capacity development, asset management, water loss control, rate setting, regionalization/partnering, access to funding, infrastructure development, and regulatory compliance. She is a registered professional engineer with a BS in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

Patrick McCarthy

Water Policy Officer - Thornburg Foundation

Patrick McCarthy is the Water Policy Officer at the Thornburg Foundation. Trained as a scientist, he has worked for the last twenty years at the intersection of ecological science, water governance, and community capacity-building. Before joining the Thornburg Foundation, Patrick worked with water managers and community leaders across the U.S. Southwest and in southern Africa on evidence-based solutions for water resources policy, planning, and management. In his work with grantees and partners, Patrick aspires to help create a New Mexico in which healthy watersheds provide clean, abundant, and equitable water to communities and ecosystems. Patrick holds a master’s degree in ecology and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology/zoology and has been awarded fellowships by the Switzer Foundation and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Christine Griego

Community Programs Director - USDA

Christine Griego joined the USDA Rural Development in February 2015 as their Guaranteed Loan Specialist and served in the position until September 2018. She was promoted into the Community Programs as a Community Program Loan Specialist, then later promoted to the Community Program Director position in June 2022. During the last several years, Christine has enjoyed helping many accomplish the dream of home ownership and communities improve their Community Facilities, Water and Wastewater facility. Christine has previously worked with the Social Security Administration, the State of New Mexico Human Services Department and US New Mexico Federal Credit Union (now known as US Eagle). She received a Master of Business Administration in 2008 and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2006, both from the University of Phoenix. She is a native of New Mexico and has ties to Albuquerque, Tohatchi and Laguna.

Ramon Lucero, Jr.

Regional Field Manager – RCAC

Ramon Lucero joined RCAC in 2020. He supervises, supports, and coordinates field staff and their activities in Arizona and New Mexico; manages relationships with funders; and conducts outreach to philanthropic partners and state and federal agencies to maintain positive working relationships. His responsibilities include working with the Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) department and other regional managers to optimize service delivery and program growth and provide quality control and oversight of activities.

Mr. Lucero has more than 20 years of experience managing the funding, planning, design, implementation, and operation and management of water and wastewater system infrastructure improvement projects for municipalities and rural communities in the state of New Mexico.

Rebecca Roose


Rebecca Roose (she/her) has over 17 years of experience in water policy and infrastructure and currently provides consulting services to the Thornburg Foundation on water policy initiatives. In 2022, Rebecca served on the Executive Committee of the New Mexico Water Policy and Infrastructure Task Force. As Deputy Cabinet Secretary of Program Administration at the New Mexico Environment Department (2021-2022), Rebecca guided key policy and regulatory priorities, including state and federal public health and environmental initiatives, and served as the Department’s lead on infrastructure investments.
Previously, Rebecca served two years as the Department’s Water Protection Division Director, where she led surface and groundwater quality, drinking water protection, and wastewater infrastructure finance programs for the State. Prior to joining NMED, Rebecca worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for over 13 years. At EPA Headquarters, she devoted 11 years to supporting EPA, states, and Tribes with implementation of the Clean Water Act and other federal programs. During her last two years at EPA, she served as Senior Advisor for Tribal Capacity Development in the American Indian Environmental Office. Rebecca earned her law degree and natural resources law certificate from the University of New Mexico and her bachelor’s degree in Geography from Valparaiso University.

Melanie Delgado

Regional Resiliency Team Lead – New Mexico Environment Department

Melanie Delgado has worked for the NM Environment Department for over 23 years. Melanie currently works for the Drinking Water Bureau as the Regional Resiliency Team Lead. In her time at the Bureau, she has worked providing managerial and financial assistance and training to public water systems. She has facilitated discussion and work activities in regions to find ways to collaborate. She has been successful in helping systems find ways to work together, from collaborating to obtain funding to regional planning and she has assisted in the merging of three water systems. She is a graduate from NM State University with a degree in Agronomy.


Monday, June 12 – Tuesday, June 13

10:00am to 5:00pm MT – Monday – Class Session

10:00am to 1:00pm MT – Tuesday – Field Session

WERS Verifier and Consultant Courses at the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association office

The foundational WERS course is the follow-up to the required online training modules that are to be completed before attending this in-person course offering. Students will learn how to evaluate water use from both plans and field inspection, as well as utilization of the WERS Tool.

Open to architects and designers, builders and developers, water professionals and decision makers, the WERS Consultant course is ideal for those who will be assisting the decision-making process on WERS projects alongside builders, developers and architects.

Please note that transportation will be needed to the classroom site and the inspection site. Lunch is not provided with this class.

For more information or to register for this class, please click here.

Tuesday, June 13 – Wednesday, June 14

10:00am to 5:00pm MT – Tuesday – Field Sessions

10:00am to 5:00pm MT – Wednesday – Class Session

WERS Verifier Multifamily Course at the Santa Fe Area Homebuilders Association office

The WERS Verifier Multifamily course builds upon the foundational WERS course and is only open to WERS Verifiers and WERS Verifier Candidates. Candidates must have completed the online training modules, as well as Monday’s in-person class session.

On Tuesday, students will first learn about field inspection in a single-family setting, and then move on to a medium-sized multifamily project.

On Wednesday, students will learn how to evaluate water use in multifamily buildings from plans using the WERS Tool, and will also learn how to integrate Tuesday’s gathered field inspection data.

Please note that transportation will be need to the classroom site and the inspection sites. Lunch is not provided with this class.

For more information or to register for this class, please click here.

Wednesday, June 14

11:00am to 4:00pm MT

Audit Training for Small Medical Facilities and Laboratories at Rogoff Dental Group (400 Botulph Rd., Santa Fe)

Instructors: Bill Hoffman and Doug Pushard

Hospitals and laboratories present unique challenges for water conservation auditors because of their unique types of equipment and processes that one encounters, and special requirements and procedures that the auditor must be aware of when auditing these types of facilities. This workshop will examine how, when, how much and where water is used in these facilities and how much can be saved. It will also cover the unique in’s and out’s of working in these sensitive facilities.

Attendees need to be familiar with auditing other types of indoor facilities to get the most out of this class. For attendees that are a Certified Restaurant Auditor and pass the exam post-class, they will become a Certified Medical Laboratory Auditor.

To register or for more information, please contact Doug Pushard .

Rafting Trip

Tuesday, June 13

9:00am to 4:00pm MT

Abiquiu, New Mexico

Explore and tour the canyon country of the Rio Chama in northern New Mexico with water leaders and participants from around the arid west. This Localizing CA Waters workshop is in partnership with the Next Generation Water Summit, and will discuss watershed toolkits and their intersection and relevance on water policy for rivers in the arid west. Various stops will include touring restoration sites, local hydrology, water toolkit demonstrations as they relate to recent climatic and water level events in the Rio Chama.

Hosted by Far Flung Adventures and facilitated by Localizing California Waters facilitators, the Rio Chama day stretch is one of northern New Mexico’s most popular, family-friendly river sections. This trip is great for families and groups looking for a scenic wilderness day float in one of the most beautiful and iconic areas in the Southwest. This 8-mile stretch begins beneath a secluded Benedictine monastery and ends just above Abiquiu Reservoir, where this silty desert river rolls to a halt among the rainbow cliffs of this remote four-corners location.

Trips meet at 9:00am at Bode’s General Store in Abiquiu, NM. After a scenic drive along the multi-hued sandstone cliffs in “Georgia O’Keeffe country”, the float will launch near the Christ in the Desert Monastery in a wide high-desert valley. Guests can expect fantastic scenery, fun and splashy class II whitewater and a delicious riverside lunch. After a great day on the water, the trip will take out at Big Eddy river access point at the head of Abiquiu Reservoir and plan to have participants back to their vehicles around 4pm.

The cost is $168/person, which includes all gear and lunch. To sign up, please visit http://farflung.com/next-generation-chama-day-trip. Seating is limited and first come, first served.


Thursday, June 15

5:30 to 7:30 pm MT

Mayor’s Reception

Drury Plaza Hotel, 828 Paseo de Peralta

Join us for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Mayor Webber will welcome attendees and present this year’s water conservation awards. We will also hear from PNM, our Presenting Sponsor.


Saturday, June 17

9:00am to 11:00am MT

Water Conservation Office on San Mateo (across from Midtown Bistro) in Santa FeFe

Please join the Water Conservation staff at their office located across from Midtown Bistro off of San Mateo Road. Self-guided tours will be available of the City’s native plant and pollinator gardens as well as the cactus garden put in by the Cactus Rescue Project group. City staff will be available to answer questions and will be giving away native seeds, shut-off nozzles and other conservation swag. Five rainbarrels will also be given away with opportunities to enter at every tour event. Drawings will be held at the end of the day, and you don’t have to be present to win. For more information, visit www.savewatersantafe.com

Saturday, June 17

12:00pm to 2:00pm MT

Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave.

The Santa Fe Community College Trades and Advanced Technology Center (TATC) is a LEED Platinum Certified facility housing a variety of programs centered around sustainable technologies and workforce preparation. The 12,000 s.f. commercial greenhouse serves as a living laboratory where students learn to operate and manage a variety of commercial Aquaponic and Hydroponic production systems. Showcasing our two, 99.5% water efficient commercial Aquaponics systems, students learn the skills needed to feed the future. The greenhouse features a new rainwater collection and delivery system, FCC, and three new Phyn smart water meters.

The Alternative Fuels and Algae Cultivation programs provide students with the skills to produce climate-friendly energy, with materials ranging from microorganisms to food waste. Alternative fuels students learn to produce biodiesel, bioethanol, biogas from waste, and syngas from woody materials. The Algae Cultivation program is an innovative program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to train technicians to develop algal technologies not only for biofuels, but also as a source of food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, environmental remediation, and more. The lab is currently researching the use of algal cultures in the processing of diverse wastewater streams before release to surface waters.

The tour starts at 12:00pm at the Santa Fe Community College Greenhouses that are located next to the Trades and Advanced Technology Center at 6401 Richards Ave., 87508. The Trades and Advanced Technology Center is located at the southeast end of the campus.

For more information on the tour, please contact Gabe at 303-579-1543.

Saturday, June 17

3:00 to 5:00 pm MT

Outdoor, on-site visit of 3 different phases of raingardens in an urban environment will be led by Reese Baker

The first site will be a new raingarden installed in the spring of 2022 on Alameda Street which runs along the Santa Fe River. This new garden was designed and installed by The RainCatcher Inc. and done in collaboration with the Santa Fe Watershed Association, NMED and the City of Santa Fe.
People interested in the Bioremediation tour, please park in the Pera State Building at 325 Paseo de Peralta by 2:45pm. Reese will walk us over to the newly constructed basin on Alameda.

Once that tour is complete, we will proceed over to 1925 Aspen Drive. This tour will start at 4:30pm. Please park in the office complex building and meet at the first island basin in the complex. Reese will describe this first basin and lead us over to a set of street curb cuts which also incorporate bioremediation techniques.
From there, we will walk over to Reese's house and look at curb cuts and a walk of his garden which demonstrates many urban forestry concepts.
Each of the rain gardens utilize zuni bowl infiltration basins, edible and wildlife/pollinator attracting plant species, with grasses and fungi for bioremediation of petroleum by-products, pesticides, microplastics, and other biological contaminants.

For additional information, please contact Doug Pushard.