Raft the Rio - A Fun and Informative Float Trip in New Mexico!
On April 30th, join us for “Raft the Rio,” a fun, informative float trip on the Rio Grande in New Mexico from 9am-3pm!
While enjoying the beautiful scenery that the Rio Grande has to offer, this 9.5 mile, one-day float trip will provide attendees with a “behind the scenes” look at the work being done to rejuvenate the treasured Bosque (riverside ecosystem) near Albuquerque.
Guided by Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures and Far Flung Adventures, attendees will talk with local river experts and explore past, current, and future riverside restoration sites at a few stops along the river, including a tour of Santa Ana Pueblo’s exemplary and ongoing restoration projects.
- Participants will meet at the Coronado Campground, 106 Monument Dr. in Bernalillo, NM 87004 at 9am (there will be a restroom available here). Click here to view directions to the campground.
- We will park our cars at the Coronado Campground and take a shuttle to the put-in, located at the Baca Ranch, a private ranch at the south end of Algodones.
- The day will include three stops at restoration sites during the trip, including a stop at Santa Ana for lunch (there will be a restroom available here as well).
- We will get off the river at the Corrales Bosque park, where we will hop back in the shuttles and return to our cars at the Coronado Campground (the campground is ~3 mi from the take out).
After the float, participants are also invited to join us for a FREE beer at Kaktus Brewing Company! Kaktus Brewing Company, located at 471 S Hill Rd, Bernalillo, NM 87004, has generously donated one free pint of beer to each attendee after the float.
Things to bring:
- Reusable water bottle
- Closed toed, sturdy shoes/sneakers that you can get wet
- Sunglasses and a retainer strap
- Any particular snacks you would like (Lunch - sandwiches, potato salad, fruit, and cookies - will be provided)
While we will have plenty of things to talk about on the trip related to restoration on the Rio Grande, if you are not yet familiar with our work here at the Tamarisk Coalition, take a peak at our newly released 2015 Annual Report!
Raft the Rio Speaker Details:
Local river experts will present an overview on topics such as restoration techniques and management efforts for the invasive plants that have altered the face of the bosque, river-floodplain habitat restoration, details about the endangered species in the area, the impact of water law on riparian restoration work, the tamarisk beetle, the Bosque School's monitoring efforts, and other fun facts about the Rio Grande.
Some of Raft the Rio’s expert speakers include:
- Adrian Oglesby, Director of the Utton Center, will be talking about water law and how it interacts with restoration work;
- Ondrea Hummel, Ecologist with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will overview restoration techniques and the endangered species in the area;
- Audrey Kruse, Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program's Education Coordinator, will talk about the tamarisk beetle and the Bosque School's monitoring efforts;
- Steve Harris, Executive Director of Rio Grande Restoration and Far Flung Adventures, will discuss management issues on the Rio Grande; and
Your support will help ongoing river restoration projects once damaged by invasive, non-native plants. This trip will be guided (and is sponsored) by Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures and Far Flung Adventures. Tickets are $95 for non-members, $80 for members - cost includes float, lunch, and drinks. Registration ENDS April 15, 2016.
For more information, contact Cara at Ckukuraitis@tamariskcoalition.org.
Thank you to our sponsors!!