The San Pablo Project was a three-year project of the Rio Puerco Management Committee (RMPC), beginning in July 2002 and ending in the fall of 2005. The project was primarily funded by a 319 grant from the New Mexico Environment Department and supplemented by additional RPMC funds. The project focused on restoration and outreach efforts in a small sub-watershed of 35,000 acres a few miles south of Cuba, NM. A single sub-watershed was selected so that individual projects could complement each other and perhaps have a more visible impact
Two separate headcuts were advancing upstream, threatening reaches of San Pablo Creek that were well vegetated and healthy. The Committee decided to take action to halt and stabilize the headcuts, so the area could begin healing and withstand the seasonal flash floods without further erosion.
The Fence-Out project was undertaken to allow a 1,000-ft-long stretch of the San Pablo Creek to become and remain heavily vegetated. The increased vegetation effectively hardens the zone to erosion during low flow and flash flood events.
The mobile Rangeland Health Kiosk was designed and built under the San Pablo Project as a tool to introduce area residents and other members of the public to the key elements of land health. The Kiosk is a small trailer that is towed to various sites, such as County Fairs, school sites, Chapter Houses, land-related workshops, or any other suitable event, then set up for both static display and active demonstrations. Using a rain simulator over trays of soil with different types of cover, the Kiosk demonstrates the concepts of erosion, runoff, infiltration, and soil saturation.
The Montoya Arroyo Restoration project addresses an arroyo that was headcutting, in part because it had been used as a trash dump for decades by prior landowners. The accumulated trash and debris prevented vegetation from growing, allowing active erosion to occur. The landowner approached the RPMC for assistance and a partnership was formed. The landowner agreed to do most of the field work and RPMC offered to provide technical and financial assistance.
This project was a joint RPMC and Sandoval County Roads Division project. The goal of the project was to rebuild and improve a 25-year-old structure that was in the final stages of failing. The structure, essentially a long steel beam, had been erected as part of stream channel stabilization just below the bridge along County Road 11 (Old Hwy 44) that crosses the San Miguel. During its 25-year lifespan, the beam had very slowly tipped over, rendering it no longer effective.