Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper

The Qualified Water Efficient Landscaper (QWEL) professional certification provides landscape professionals with over 20 hours of education on local water supply, sustainable landscaping, soils, landscape water budgets, irrigation system components and maintenance, irrigation system audits, and scheduling and controller programming. In order to obtain the QWEL certification, an individual must demonstrate their ability to perform an irrigation system audit as well as pass the QWEL exam.

Two Date/Time Options:

June 7th - 11th 8:30am to 1pm MT
Online Zoom class
Final Exam: June 14th at 8:30am
June 7th - 18th 6:00pm to 8pm MT (M-F)
Online Zoom class
Final Exam: June 21st at 6:00pm

Field Audit is scheduled after your final exam. 

Click Here to Register

New Mexico Installer Specialist Qualification Training

Friday, June 4th
8:00am to 12:30pm MT

The course outlines New Mexico’s Liquid Waste Disposal and Treatment Regulation, NMAC 20.7.3 procedures, standards, permitting, and prescriptive design requirements. The course was designed for septic installers to be qualified and recognized as distinctive knowledgeable professionals in New Mexico wastewater treatment systems. The presentation covers three different types of treatment systems and those disposal systems approved for use in New Mexico. Disposal systems covered include conventional and alternative systems. Alternative systems discussed are graywater, irrigation re-use, subsurface disposal and other types. Standards discussed include, design flow, lot size requirements, and site and soil limitations and specific restrictions. Nationally, wastewater system design requirements differ between states and local jurisdictions, this course provides detailed requirements for New Mexico homeowners, professional engineers, architects, building contractors, developers, septic installers, plumbers and realtors. Licensed septic installers may qualify after passing the exam to be registered as a New Mexico Qualified Installer Specialist.

Instructor: Michael Broussard
Acting Liquid Waste Program Manager, Environmental Health Bureau
Training $0 dollars. FREE with Summit registration

New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, June 2nd
11am to 1pm MT

The New Mexico Water Conservation Alliance (NMWCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose goal is to promote water conservation education, innovation and ideas throughout the State of New Mexico. The Alliance is composed of individuals from industry, commercial, water providers and municipalities.

The NMWCA will hold their quarterly meeting via ZOOM. The meeting is open to the public, but seats are limited.
Please RSVP to Denise Rumley by June 1st in order to receive a ZOOM meeting invitation.

Water Efficiency Rating Score (WERS)® Roundtable

Wednesday, June 2nd
2pm to 3pm MT

This annual meeting is for WERS Professionals, City of Santa Fe staff and Green Builder® Coalition staff.

To request a link to the GoToMeeting, please contact Mike Collignon.

Bee City Santa Fe: What’s the Buzz?

Thursday, June 3rd
6:00 to 8:00pm MT

Live via SFCC Zoom
Santa Fe is a member of the national Bee City Network. What does this mean and how can you get involved? What resources are available for individuals and groups who want to participate? Did you know that honey bees are not native to the United States? Join us to learn about some of our native pollinators, too. Meet several members of the Santa Fe Bee City Committee in this interactive session.

Instructor: Amanda Hatherly

Tuition is free, but you must register by June 2. Click here for more information and/or to register

Tours (Santa Fe)

Saturday, June 5

10:00am to 12:00pm MT

Water Conservation Demonstration Garden Tour

Drop by the City of Santa Fe Water Conservation Office, tour their garden and pick up some FREE water conserving devices. The office has both passive and active rainwater catchment systems and showcases both a xeric cacti garden and lots of local native plants. Free tickets to win a rain barrel will be available for those that take the tour.

The office is located at 801 W. San Mateo Rd. across from the Midtown Bistro.

Saturday, June 5

2:00 to 4:00pm MT

Raingarden Pilot Tour. It will begin and end at Raincatcher Inc., located at 1925 Aspen Drive.

Outdoor, on-site visit of 3 different phases of raingardens in an urban environment will be led by Reese Baker. The first site will show the very beginning phases of the implementation of a raingarden. This will include site layout, marking of utilities, and design parameters involved in the construction of a rain garden.

The second site is approximately 8 months old, and is along the street edge in the roadside verge where a simple curb cut and grade level modifications allows stormwater to infiltrate from the street into a planted medium of native and drought tolerant shrubs. This section also includes specific species of grasses and fungi shown in the scientific literature to assist in the degradation of petroleum by-products.

The third site is a remediated retention pond in a commercial condominium association. This site was installed in 2017 and was designed as an alternative to standard detention ponds. This rain garden utilizes zuni bowl infiltration basins, edible and wildlife/pollinator attracting plant species, with grasses and fungi for bioremediation of petroleum by-products. All sites are contained within a few blocks and easily within walking distance from each other.

The stops on this tour are within walking distance, though attendees can drive if they wish.

Sunday, June 6

10:00am to 12:00pm MT

Pollinator Day at the Railyard Park.

Giveaways: Every tour stop offers attendees another ticket to be entered into the rainbarrel raffle. There are four barrels of various sizes that are being raffled, along with pollinator seeds, water conservation kits, shut-off nozzles, and the City’s new pollinator resource guide, which provides discounts at local nurseries.