HOW TO PRESERVE OUR WATER AND WETLAND RESOURCES IN SANTA FE COUNTY (Part 3 of a series on Water Democracy)
In this third conversation on local water democracy for Journey Santa Fe, Jan-Willem Jansens will give a presentation of his research on water resource and land management in Santa Fe County. Based on a Wetlands Action Plan for Santa Fe County which he authored in 2012, he will explain the status of wetlands and riparian areas in the county and their role as “canaries in the coal mine” to gauge natural water availability in our environment. He will also explain the many natural benefits that wetland areas offer us and how the loss of functional wetlands and riparian zones will over time cost millions of dollars on an annual basis to substitute their ecosystem services with engineered solutions, such as additional waste water treatment facilities, artificial aquifer recharge facilities, and storm water and flood protection infrastructure. Jan-Willem will further summarize the Wetlands Action Plan’s recommendations for wetland assessments, institutional and te chnical solutions, ecological restoration priorities, and related public education, and discuss ideas for local governance of water resources.
Jan-Willem Jansens is a landscape planner who practices conservation planning for landscapes in transition through his business Ecotone in Santa Fe. Originally from the Netherlands, he received his professional training in Landscape Architecture from the Wageningen Agricultural University in the Netherlands. Jan-Willem arrived in Santa Fe in 1993 after an eight-year career in international development assistance and education. In New Mexico, he has worked to develop community-based forestry practices, watershed stewardship, conservation planning, wildlife conservation, and smart water management.