Rio Grande Return - Gifts from the River


Cranes on the Rio Grande
For thousands of years Sandhill cranes have migrated up and down the Rio Grande. Like so many other species, these Sandhill Cranes depend on the Rio Grande for their survival.
Zia Spring Restoration
On May 23rd and 24th, 2009 Rio Grande Return joined Zia Pueblo members in a project to restore a sacred pueblo spring that had gone dry. A group of enthusiastic volunteers spent two rainy days helping members of Zia Pueblo build rock dams above the spring in order to slow erosion, allow the soil to recharge with rainwater and hold moisture in the surrounding hills.

Joe Galarza talks about the spring restoration process
Joe Galarza speaks about the restoration of sacred spring
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Ciras Pino of Zia Pueblo talks about restoring the flow of water

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The spring has long been an important sacred site and water source for Zia Pueblo. The water from this spring was traditionally collected during summer solstice pilgrimages, and then taken back to the pueblo. But erosion, climate change and increasing water needs have kept the spring from flowing for the last several years.
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Steve Vrooman talks about climate change and explains water harvesting
Steve - Climate Change and Water Harvesting
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Kent Salazar talks about climate change and importance of water for wildlife
Kent Salazar speaks on climate change, wildlife and restoration
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