6. The Buckman Direct Diversion was built between 2008 and 2010 to bring Chama/San Juan Water to the City and County of Santa Fe in order to offset the ground pumping from the Buckman wellfields. It seemed to us that while all the stakeholders were convened, it would be a good opportunity to clean up and restore the riparian wetlands (bosque), restrict vehicle access, and turn it back into a safe place for wildlife and for people to enjoy. Rio Grande Return, the Thaw Charitable Trust and the New Mexico Wildlife Federation organized this initiative. This was the initial site visit to begin the process for what eventually became the “Rio Grande at Buckman Project Planning Recommendations” developed by SWCA Environmental Consultants in 2009. Pictured here in the foreground from left to right: Victoria Amato Natural Resource Planner SWCA, Jeremy Vesbach Executive Director New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Sandy Hurlocker District Ranger Espanola Ranger District USFS, John Bailey Assistant Field Manager Taos Field Office BLM, Brian Bader Senior Project Manager SWCA Environmental Consultants and a BLM law enforcement officer.