Upper Pecos Watershed Association

Mailing Address: PO Box 489, Pecos, NM 87552
County of Location: San Miguel
Phone: (505) 757-3600
NTEE Code: C- Environment, W- Public, Society Benefit
Mission Statement:

The mission of the UPWA is to protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pecos River watershed, as well as the local economy and cultures.

Primary Programs:

The Upper Pecos Watershed Association (UPWA) was formed in June 2006 utilizing grant funds available under section 319 of the Clean Water Act. UPWA has begun work on its first on-the-ground projects to rehabilitate and improve the health of the Pecos River, its tributaries and the Pecos Canyon.

The organization has received grant funds from a River Ecosystem Restoration Initiative and a Collaborative Forest Restoration Program to restore a stretch of the Pecos River and address potential problems for forest wildfires in Dalton, Holy Ghost & Windsor Canyons. Beyond raising money and finding funds for projects like these, UPWA also conducts river clean-ups, field days, and other volunteer projects.

Since its inception, UPWA has had many successes including helping with the formation of Pecos Canyon State Park, working with San Miguel County to develop a Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and published several reports (e.g. our Watershed Restoration Action Strategy and an "Impact of Recreational Use on Water Quality in the Pecos River").

Important and strategic collaborations with San Miguel County, the National Park Service, the Forest Service, NM Department of Game & Fish, Village of Pecos, NM Department of Parks, NM Environment Department and many others have contributed to our successes. Please consider contributing either your time or monetary support to our active and important organization.

Populations Served: All Populations
Counties Served: San Miguel, Santa Fe
Year Founded:


Annual Budget: $25,000 - $99,999
Personnel: All Volunteer
Executive Director:

Doug Jeffords

Accepts inquiries: Accepts inquiries about volunteering, Accepts inquiries about board member positions
Nonprofit Status: Has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS

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