Welcome to Ciudad SWCD

The Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District, a political subdivision of the state of New Mexico, promotes the conservation, improvement and responsible use of the natural resources on the rural and urban lands within its boundaries.

Responsibilities for SWCDs in the state are outlined in the New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation District Act

(73-20-45 et. seq. NMSA):

    • control and prevention of soil erosion;

    • prevention of sediment and floodwater damage;

    • furthering the conservation, development, beneficial application and proper disposal of water;

    • promoting the use of impounded water for recreation, propagation of fish and wildlife, irrigation, and for urban and industrial needs;

    • by the application of these measures, conserving and developing the natural resources of the state, providing for flood control, preserving wildlife, protecting the tax base, and promoting the health, safety and general welfare of the people of New Mexico.

We need your input to make sure we are addressing the natural resource concerns most important to you! Ciudad SWCD and NRCS strive to work with our landowners and communities to sustain and improve soil, water, air, plants, and wildlife and livestock resources in our region. In order to identify needs of the community and provide priorities for our work, we need your input. Taking this short survey will allow us to serve you better.

Ciudad SWCD Boundaries

The Dona Ana SWCD Master Watershed Conservationist (MWC) program kicks off September 9, 2021, at 6:30pm MDT with the first of eight forums, The Future of our Watershed in the Hatch and Mesilla Valleys. The September 9 event will be via ZOOM (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85286064996). All those interested in attending the event can go to https://daswcd.org/master-watershed-conservation-program/ for a copy of the ZOOM link, and to register. The forum will feature a panel of local ecological and resource specialists who will engage in discussions with the audience on visions for the future and the needs for watershed stewardship in New Mexico’s most southern Rio Grande watershed region. The event will also provide an introduction of the program, which aims to empower citizens to promote stewardship of our local watersheds. Through the series scheduled over the next nine months, the program will also engage volunteers in making decisions and implementing conservation projects in New Mexico’s southern Rio Grande watershed.

East Mountain Forest Health Program

CSWCD offers assistance to East Mountain residents for thinning of overly dense forested properties. Our program provides 50% cost share on the total project costs towards defensible space and overall forest health. Funding is available and we are currently accepting applications.

Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page for more information and download a program application today to get started!

2021 EMFHP application

Reflective House Numbers are available!

CSWCD offers FREE reflective house numbers to residents in the East Mountains. All we need is your full address, email and phone number so we can get in contact when these are ready for pickup. Order yours today to take advantage of this opportunity. Orders are recorded and made on a first come first served basis.

These reflective house numbers greatly assist in situations such as wildfire and evacuation notices for emergency personnel to locate your home.

Email Sean Ludden, Programs Coordinator with your address now to reserve your reflective house number at ciudadprograms@gmail.com


New Farmer Conservation Assistance Program

Are you wanting advisement on agricultural conservation practices? Curious what your soil type is and what can be grown sustainably on your farm? Do you want to implement soil and water conservation practices on your property?

CSWCD is in the progress of developing outreach and technical assistance to address these needs and we want to help you on your farm, ranch or forested property.

Applications will be accepted through September 2021. Check back soon for more updates.

Farmer Assistance Application

Learn about Rainwater Harvesting

By harvesting rainwater you can create a beautiful, locally-adapted, low-water-use landscape in your own yard. Check out our training videos and resources: www.bernco.gov/rainwater

This project was completed in partnership with Ciudad SWCD and Bernalillo County. It was funded in part by grants from the New Mexico Soil and Water Conservation Commission and the Alliance for Water Efficiency.

Civil Rights Compliance

Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District has adopted an official Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement of policy that can be viewed by clicking this link.

In addition, Ciudad Soil and Water Conservation District, through its Mutual Agreement and Cooperative Agreement with the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, complies with applicable federal civil rights requirements as described below: