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Watershed Academy~Job Pathways for Water and Climate Resilience

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  1. Mastering the skills and lessons of the Watershed Academy

    What is the Cycle of Getting Good Environmental Projects Done on the Ground?
  2. Getting on Board - the Paper Work: Emergency contact, Liability and Media Release, Contact Info and Coordinating Schedule
    5 Quizzes
  3. Creating and Keeping a Safe and Productive Work Environment
    2 Topics
  4. Keeping a timelog
  5. Pathways, Principles and Premises of Becoming a Water Protector
    Who is a Water Protector
  6. Job Pathways in Environmental Science and Protection
  7. Tracking your Journey
    Keeping a Journal with Field Notes
  8. What I need to take notes on+ journal prompts
  9. Scavenger Hunt
  10. Combining Traditional Ecological Knowledge with Contemporary Science for Improved Community and Water Security
    How have people traditionally used the watershed and protected community values in a changing world?
  11. How has land use in the past compare to how it's being used now in the watershed?
  12. Protecting Community Values in a Changing World
  13. What are the basic elements of understanding and assessing a watershed?
    What is a Watershed and Watershed Hydrology?
  14. Geology & soil conditions in the watershed
  15. Observe and Assess- Reading the Landscape
  16. Watershed & Ecological Restoration Practices
    Best Practices for Improving Watershed Management
  17. Restoring streams
  18. Erosion Control
  19. Vegetation and Aquatic Ecology in the Watershed
  20. Telling the Story of Your Watershed Academy Experience
    Why it's important to share what we find
  21. How to create a community presentation on what I learned
  22. Learning From the Past
    How to Interview an Elder
  23. Resources and Interview Prompts
  24. Become a Leader
    Community organizing for improved watershed health
  25. How to build a strong team
Lesson 11 of 25
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How has land use in the past compare to how it’s being used now in the watershed?

February 14, 2023

Then VS Now

How do people “use a watershed”?

Water has many uses; like when you take a shower or brush your teeth you use it for hygene. Water is also used for cooking, sewage, and even energy and material production. The average household uses about 800-1,000 kw hours per month. Did you know that it takes 18 gallons of water to produce 1kw hour of electricity? That’s a lot of water! and it all affects our local watersheds. Unfortunately, water on the surface and from underground reservoirs don’t get refilled at the rate that they are used, and if you like to brush your teeth, you’ll hope that water keeps flowing. This is why it is so important that the watersheds we use keep flowing clean water in them.

Of course, people did not always have electricity, but they still used the watersheds. Instead of industry there were communities. It was important to have a social order around water consumption, like the mayordomo system which helped everyone get a fair amount of water. Now, our office of State Engineers is in charge of who gets water and when. Surface water in natural streams and sources are┬ápromised to the public thanks to Article 16 of the New Mexico constitution which declares that all streams perennial or torrential, meaning seasonal or constant flowing, belong to the people. As of the late 1800’s industry has taken off. See the chart below to watch how energy production has changed from 1776-2012. Notice the types of fuel: wood, coal, petroleum, natural gas, nuclear, renewables and hydro.