Rich Schrader

River Source strives to restore and sustain productive relationships between communities and watersheds. Richard Schrader started River Source in 1997 to provide watershed education, monitoring, and facilitation services to communities, schools, and Native American tribes.

Trained in international relations, community-based planning and a citizen science practitioner, Richard Schrader works with highly diverse peoples and watershed ecosystems. Rich has developed specialized experience in riparian assessment, restoration design and placed-based education for all ages. Rich has worked with many communities in New Mexico on long-term monitoring plans that involve volunteers in tracking trends in natural resource and cultural conditions.

Carol Schrader, Rich's partner, holds a master's degree in multi-cultural education, has been a lobbyist for the Friends Committee on National Legislation, and coordinated the Santa Fe Community College' accreditation process at the end of ten year teaching and administrative career there.

Eliza Kretzmann, an Associate at River Source, has an M.P.A. in Environmental Science and Policy. Eliza worked on watershed restoration and education in northern New Mexico, at a United Nations related non-profit in New York City, and taught environmental and science classes with the Brooklyn Center for the Urban Environment. She has experience in riparian monitoring, program management, data analysis and community planning processes.

River Source Objectives

Increase the capacity of youth and adults to understand health of watersheds and improve watershed conditions.
Incorporate community-based planning in natural resource monitoring, land use planning, and landscape design.
Respect traditional and cultural land uses by involving community interests in planning activities and practices.

River Source Services

Watershed education and monitoring by working with directly with youth and adults and training trainers in watershed science and education.
Land and water restoration design and implementation by identifying causes of degradation, designing restoration plans, and monitoring to evaluate restoration effectiveness.
Meeting facilitation and planning through the design and facilitation of meetings to create strategic plans, hold conferences, and reach agreement between participants.

Contact Rich Schrader

Contact Rich Schrader

River Source
Executive Director
2300 West Alameda
Santa Fe, New Mexico  87507
Phone: 505-660-7928
Fax: 505-989-1015


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • New Mexico