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1 Santa Fe Water Source Protection Fund Laura McCarthy, New Mexico Field Office

2 Cerro Grande Fire: too close for comfort

3 Santa Fe Municipal Watershed CITY TNC NATIONAL FOREST

4 Overgrown Forests Good Reason to Worry Dense small ponderosa pines Few fire resistant, large trees Fire regime of 5-8 years Century of fire exclusion

5 Southern Sangre de Cristo -- A Conservation Priority

6 Federally Funded Forest Restoration

7 How to Maintain the Investment?

8 Partners for Water Source Protection

9 Identified Nature’s Benefits PROVISIONING Fresh Water30% of Santa Fe water supply REGULATING Timing of water releaseSurface water year-round Water purificationNatural filtration Sediment regulationNo sediment in the reservoir Fire protectionInsurance against large wildfire Invasive species regulationFew ways for invasives to enter Climate regulationCarbon sequestration Santa Fe Watershed Management Plan

10 Watershed Management Plan

11 Water Source Protection Fund

12 Where are Santa Fe Voters? “Having heard this description, would you support or oppose this program to protect Santa Fe’s drinking After hearing a brief description of the Santa Fe Water Source Protection Fund, a strong majority support the idea

13 Strongly Supportive! Willingness to pay a monthly fee

14 Santa Fe Water Source Protection Fund


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