Sulphur Creek Project Nearing Completion

In 2013, Los Amigos de Valles Caldera signed a $196,203 contract with the New Mexico Environment Department to use innovative restoration techniques, pioneered in New Mexico, to restore historic wetlands and wet meadow habitat in the Sulphur Creek Sub-Watershed on the Valles Caldera National Preserve. Los Amigos has completed most of the equipment work for the project, and has held four volunteer work weekends to do ancillary handwork. We will have another volunteer work weekend next summer with the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation to complete hand structures needed in Sulphur Creek.

Los Amigos is restoring 30-45 acres of wetlands damaged by geothermal exploration and other activities using the new “plug and pond” technique, porous road fills, and hand-built rock restoration structures. Los Amigos will also be completing:

  • a technical guide about the use and effectiveness of the plug and pond;
  • a Wetlands Action Plan that will coordinate wetlands restoration activities and funding for the Sulphur Creek Sub-Watershed; and
  • a report describing the plug and pond method for high mountain meadows, the design and construction techniques, anticipated results, and actual results. A summary article will be submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Albuquerque Wildlife Federation volunteers at July 22-24 work weekend.
Photos courtesy of AWF.