Beth Bardwell – Audubon New Mexico

Beth Bardwell | © Michael Lundgren

© Michael Lundgren

Beth Bardwell has been working to conserve freshwater and rivers within New Mexico and the Rio Grande basin through on-the-ground restoration and water policy reform at the local, state and federal level. She has helped launch Audubon’s national effort called the Western Rivers Action Network, on-the-ground river ecosystem restoration along the Rio Grande, and strengthened partnerships with Native American tribes.

Beth has also teamed up with the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, the second largest irrigation district in New Mexico, and the U.S. International Boundary and Water Commission in a collaborative effort to restore over 500 acres of aquatic and riparian habitat on the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico including habitat for the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher.

With Beth’s leadership and collaborative work with other river advocates, she has influenced the dedication of millions of dollars in state funds to river ecosystem restoration. She is also advancing the legal authority for environmental flows in New Mexico and is helping to establish New Mexico’s first voluntary environmental water transaction program on the lower Rio Grande.

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