The Santa Fe Watershed Association & JourneySantaFe present: On Greening The Place We Call Home, With Claudia Borchers, Santa Fe County’s Sustainability Manger.
Journey Hosts: Andy Otto, Alan Webber and Bill Dupuy
In conjunction with the Santa Fe Watershed Association, Journey Santa Fe is offering four speakers in May on the subject of WATER and WATERSHEDS IN NEW MEXICO and how they relate to our local Santa Fe River watershed.
Claudia Borchers serves as Santa Fe County’s Sustainability Manger since January 2017. In that capacity she is working with the County’s administration and our community to “green” the place we call home in areas of recycling/solid waste, energy efficiency and renewable energy, transportation, and water resources. For the three previous years, Ms. Borchert was the director of the County’s water and wastewater utility, a 10,000-customer operation. As a water manager and planner for the City of Santa Fe for over 10 years, she worked on policies like the Living River Ordinance, the Long Range Water Supply Plan, and shortage-sharing agreements. Ms. Borchert received her MS degree from UNM’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences in 2002, and a bachelor’s degree in geology from Amherst College in 1990. Her passions include life-long learning, having ‘difficult’ conversations to find in-the-box and out-of-the box solutions, back-country skiing, rafting, and the canyons of the Southwest.
The Santa Fe Watershed Association has a twenty year history of advocating for, restoring, educating, and stewarding the Rio de Santa Fe in order to maintain the health and vibrancy of the watershed. SFWA is a member based, non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Santa Fe. They have always taken a “watershed approach” by acknowledging the concept that what happens in any part of the watershed effects the rest of the watershed as well. Andy Otto, Executive Director of the Santa Fe Watershed, will facilitate these talks.
Andy Otto has been the Executive Director of the Santa Fe Watershed since 2014. Andy holds a degree in watershed management from the University of Arizona and had spent four years working with the Truckee River Watershed Council in California and Nevada. He has collaborated with many diverse and seemingly unrelated groups to arrive at creative solutions to many watershed issues.