Rio Grande Return is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that was started in 2007 to help protect New Mexico’s rivers, streams, springs, seeps, and the unique habitats and diverse wildlife they support. Our mission is based upon the recognition that our rivers and springs are not only necessary, but that they are sacred – the life-source upon which all human and biotic communities depend. This sensibility is recognized by the Puebloan people whose stewardship of these waters, in all their various cycles and meandering forms, is cultivated as a relationship with Avanyu, the Puebloan life-giving spirit of water. Rio Grande Return joins in this spirit of stewardship. We are committed to better understanding, and to actively working to protect and restore, our watersheds, waters, and the native plants and wildlife that have evolved over millions of years in relationship to the sacred waters of the arid Southwest.

Rio Grande Return, being a not-for-profit organization, needs financial support from the community in order to continue this important work. Please join us in our commitment to protect and restore our streams and wetlands by making a  TAX DEDUCTIBLE DONATION HERE. Volunteer opportunities to help on restoration projects arise from time to time so click here to get on the mailing list and get involved.

Another way to support Rio Grande Return is through our on line GIFT STORE. Gift packages of our own delicious brand of Fire Roasted Red Salsa and Roasted Green Chile are available online and can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States. These gift packages include a tax deductible conservation donation to Rio Grande Return that is given along with the gift.

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San Antonio Creek

Location: San Antonio Creek, Santa Fe National Forest Work completed: In 2020, we expanded upon previous restoration efforts along San Antonio Creek between the Valles Caldera boundary and San Antonio hot springs. We installed 9 BDAs and 17 log baffles within the stream channel, and protected a 10 acre swath of riparian meadow from elk … Continue reading San Antonio Creek

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