RiverXchange partners with World Water Monitoring Day Program

New for 2011-2012!

RiverXchange has partnered with the World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) Program to provide each RiverXchange partner class with one “classroom” water quality test kit for use on the field trip — FREE OF CHARGE!
For New Mexico classes, our RiverXchange field trip coordinators will provide all supplies and instruction on the field trip.  We also thank Water for People folks in New Mexico, who stepped up immediately to ask if they can help out with the water quality testing.  Way to go!  Data collected on all field trips will be sent to WWMD by the RiverXchange team. 
World Water Monitoring Day™ is an international education and outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local water bodies.  In 2010, over 200,000 people in 85 countries monitored their local waterways.  Read more.

Annunciation Catholic School’s field trip to Sanchez Farm

April 15, 2011, field trip to Sanchez Farm, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Many thanks to our field trip docents and their organizations:

  • Colleen Langan McGregor, Bernalillo County Open Space
  • Matt Martinez, Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District
  • Mike Matush (NM Environment Department), representing Ciudad Soil & Water Conservation District
  • La Plazita Institute
  • Carissa Nichols, Bernalillo County Master Naturalist and Sanchez Farm volunteer

Bernalillo County acquired Sanchez Farm (14 acre tract of land) in 1997 as part of a drainage retention basin for storm water run-off from Isleta Blvd. County Parks and Recreation and community members were interested in developing the site as a wetland habitat, working agricultural area, and South Valley heritage interpretive center. Today, La Plazita Gardens is the leading community organization who has see this vision into a reality by engaging youth and other local members of the South Valley to practice innovative farming techniques.