Director Dale Lyons, Freshwater Programs, Nature Conservancy of New Mexico. Courtesy photo
The monthly Lunch with a Leader is 11:45 a.m. Tuesday, April 14 at Mesa Library and will feature Dale Lyons, director of the Freshwater Programs for the Nature Conservancy of New Mexico.
This event is open to the entire community and is sponsored by the Los Alamos League of Women Voters. Following the presentation at 1 p.m., the League members will continue with their Annual Meeting.
Lyons was born in Santa Fe. In 1994, he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Soils and Environmental Science and in 1998, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Disturbed Land Rehabilitation. Both degrees were from Montana State University.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Lyons spent spent years as a water resource manager for the City of Santa Fe’s water utility, where he developed a rate-payer supported watershed investment program to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire and protect the Santa Fe River and municipal infrastructure. He also led the development of over 3 megawatts of solar and hydroelectric renewable energy projects for the city.
Lyon’s other experience includes 13 years of environmental consulting focused on water resources in New Mexico and regulatory compliance and environmental surveillance work at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He previously led the Board of Directors for the Santa Fe Watershed Association and now serves on the Leadership Team for Carpe Diem West’s Healthy Headwaters Program.
He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2013 and leads the New Mexico Chapter’s efforts to conserve and restore freshwater resources statewide. His primary focus includes protecting the Gila River’s natural flows, San Juan River endangered species recovery and habitat restoration, and establishing a water-user funded program to protect storage, delivery and quality of Rio Grande water through landscape-scale watershed restoration.
Lyon will be talking about the Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund program — a landscape-scale water source protection program in the Rio Grande Watershed.
To buy a $10 lunch (from the Co-op), call Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.661.6605 and leave your phone number or email firstname.lastname@example.org for the menu. Guests are not required to order a lunch to attend. All lunch orders do need to be in by Friday, April 17.