Learn about New Mexico’s wetlands and the wetlands mapping project at 7 p.m. today at the Los Alamos Nature Center. Courtesy/PEEC
Learn about New Mexico’s wetlands at 7 p.m. today, June 4 at the Los Alamos Nature Center.
Emile Sawyer from the Wetlands Program at the New Mexico Environment Department will introduce the audience to the state’s wetlands and provide an overview of the process of mapping and characterizing local wetlands resources.
This talk is free to attend.
The staff of the Wetlands Program at the New Mexico Environment Department is in the process of mapping all of the state’s wetlands, including those in the Los Alamos area. The program aims to protect and restore the state’s remaining wetlands and riparian areas and to increase self-sustaining, naturally functioning wetland areas so they continue to benefit New Mexico’s future.
Like most other states in the country, New Mexico has lost about 90 percent of its original pre-European settlement wetlands resources.
“A large scale effort directed at their restoration and protection could provide an increase of essential ecosystem services in our watersheds, such as groundwater recharge, stream flow maintenance, flood attenuation, climate change mitigation, clean drinking water and more,” Sawyer said.
Despite all of the alteration and destruction of wetlands resources, Sawyer’s team estimates that New Mexico has about 1 million acres of wetlands remaining.