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Rio Puerco Alliance

The Rio Puerco Alliance (RPA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed by members of the Rio Puerco Management Committee (RPMC) and others. The RPA's mission is to restore the Rio Puerco watershed for present and future generations through outreach, education, and collaborative action.

Current Members and Activities
The current Board is:
  • Steve Fischer, Chair
  • Craig Conley, Treasurer
  • Michael Benson
  • Merle Lefkoff
  • Ed Singleton
  • Jennifer Johnson


The Executive Director is Barbara Johnson.

The RPA is currently making an $800,000 grant proposal to the EPA under its Targeted Watershed Grant program for work in the Torreon Wash area.

Purposes of the RPA
The purposes of the RPA include but are not limited to:
  • collecting and disseminating practical management and ecological information concerning watershed health, use, restoration, and management in the Rio Puerco watershed and throughout New Mexico.
  • examining, evaluating, and promoting new concepts regarding sustainable land use in the Rio Puerco watershed and in the state.
  • involving land owners, local, state, and federal elected officials, administrative agencies, and the general public in the search for solutions to watershed problems, and articulate these solutions in a clear, understandable manner.
  • accomplishing its goals through workshops, outdoor classrooms, lectures, publications, site tours, consultations, collaborative demonstration projects, awards, and any other appropriate informational venue.
  • initiating, designing, and implementing restoration projects that achieve the goals of the RPA and the Rio Puerco Management Committee (RPMC), which was established November 12, 1996 through the Rio Puerco Watershed Act, Public Law 104-333.
  • acting as the fiscal agent for existing and proposed projects undertaken by the Rio Puerco Management Committee or any other entity working towards Rio Puerco watershed restoration objectives.