Correction: Quarterly Two-Mile Pond Report Is Released | City of Santa Fe

Correction: Quarterly Two-Mile Pond Report Is Released

10 Jun, 2024

City of Santa Fe Public Works Department has released the initial Two-Mile Pond Report after monitoring by contractor John Shomaker & Associates, Inc. (JSAI).

The assessment evaluated the condition of the wetland using both remote and field-collected data.

These monitoring efforts help to evaluate the impact of changes in stream flow conditions and track the health of the riparian system, which is crucial for maintaining biodiversity and ecological balance.

Summary of Findings:

The Two-Mile Pond Complex riparian area emerged after the decommissioning of Two Mile Dam and Reservoir in 1994 and has remained relatively stable in size for the past two decades. Significant tree growth has been observed around Old Stone Dam since 2005. Soil moisture levels in the area vary, with a large extent rated as moist to wet.

Stream flow at Two Mile Pond Complex originates from groundwater discharge at Old Stone Dam, ranging from 0.16 to 0.40 cfs with an average of 0.24 cfs in the first quarter of the year.

As of March 7, 2024, the riparian area's condition is rated between "good" and "excellent," and further monthly field investigations will track changes in both biotic and abiotic metrics, expecting increased species diversity as biotic life rebounds from dormancy.

To read the complete report and an in-depth FAQ click here.