Water Sentinels prepare for monitoring


By Eric Patterson, Water Sentinels-Rios de Taos, 03/24/14
Water Sentinels­ is preparing for a new water-monitoring season. There will be a training session in Valdez on May 15 to prepare for our first monitoring of this season on May 19.
We will be paying more attention to the upper Rio Hondo this year because the new owners of Taos Ski Valley have quite a bit of construction planned. The effluent from Taos Ski Valley has been pristine over the last few years, and we, along with the new owners, would like to keep it that way.
In January, the Water Sentinels-Rios de Taos changed from being part of the national Sierra Club to the Rio Grande Chapter.
The Sentinels will be happy to speak to any local group in the chapter about statewide water issues and water testing. If your Sierra Club group has access to a stream that appears to be polluted by dairy activities and you would like us to monitor for pollutants, please send us an email at eepatt@gmail.com. You may also want to attend our May 15 training session.
Water Sentinels-Rios de Taos has lost a very special friend. Annouk Ellis passed away Dec. 27 after a long battle with cancer. Annouk was an original member of our group, and was an incredibly organized multitasker. Fellow Sentinels could rely on her to get things done correctly and quickly while having a good time.
She was always fun to be with and extremely considerate of others. In addition to her Water Sentinels work, Annouk helped organize PFLAG — Parents And Friends of Lesbian and Gays. She also taught university French and blueprint reading, Annouk was an excellent gardener and chef.
She is survived by her daughter, Joanne, her son Mark, and her husband Chris, who is taking Annouk’s place in our monitoring activities.
Annouk will be missed by so many people whose lives she has touched.
Special Announcement: The Rio Grande del Norte National Monument will celebrate its first birthday on Saturday, April 5 at the Taos Mesa Brewing Company near Taos from 3 to 6 p.m. It should be a good time.