Wednesday, May 18
5:30pm to 7:00pm MT
Join the City of Santa Fe’s Mayor, Alan Webber, as he kicks off the 5th Next Generation Water Summit. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. You can also network with City staff and the Summit co-founders.
This event is free to attend and the general public is invited.
Thursday, May 19
5:30 to 7:00 pm MT
The reception will open with welcome comments from Glenn Schiffbauer, co-founder of the Next Generation Water Summit. He will be followed by Christine Chavez, Water Conservation Manager, City of Santa Fe, Ron Darnell, Senior VP of Public Policy, PNM and Laney Brown, VP of Sustainability, AVANGRID..
Refreshments and Cash Bar will be provided. This event is free and the general public is encouraged to attend.
Saturday, May 21
8:00am to 10:00am MT
Xeriscape and Native Cactus Gardens Tours at
the Water Conservation Office on San Mateo (across from Midtown Bistro) in Santa Fe
The City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Office invites the general public to these interactive tours. There will be Garden Tours and giveaways, including Garden Hose Shut-Off Nozzles and Water Conservation Kits.
You can also get a ticket to enter the rain barrel raffle.
Saturday, May 21
10:00am to 2:00pm MT
The City of Santa Fe’s Water Conservation Office invites its partners to participate in a Water Education Outdoor Classroom. You are welcome to bring your classrooms & activities. You also have an opportunity to elevate your organization’s visibility and community engagement with a table/booth. Confirmation is required. To do so, please contact Christine Chavez.
The general public is also invited to learn about rainwater harvesting and how to create a waterwise pollinator garden and your home or business. There will be a rain barrel raffle, as well as free native plant seed packets, water activity booklets for the kids, hands-on demonstrations and activities, a scavenger hunt for the kids and much more.
Saturday, May 21
2:00 to 4:00 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 at 2:00pm. 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 3:30pm. 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.
The third site is a remediated retention pond in a commercial condominium association located at Aspen Condominiums. This site was installed in 2017 and was designed as an alternative to standard detention ponds.
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.