Food/Agriculture

Will dairy industry get carte blanche to pollute water?

By Dan Lorimier, chapter conservation coordinator

Since 2009 the Rio Grande Chapter, along with allies like Amigos Bravos and represented by Jon Block of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, has struggled to protect groundwater by helping develop discharge rules for the dairy industry here. These new rules were adopted by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) in 2010, but Gov. Susana Martinez tried to block their publication as her first act when she took office in 2011. Subsequently, the courts told the governor that she would have to obey the law and the rules were published.


Dairy groundwater protections in danger

By Dan Lorimier, Chapter Conservation Coordinator and Lobbyist

After almost three years of wrangling with New Mexico’s dairy industry, calling themselves the Dairy Industry Group for a Cleaner Environment (DIGCE), and the New Mexico Environment Department’s Groundwater Quality Bureau, the Rio Grande Chapter saw the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) implement new regulations specific to the dairy industry early in 2012.


Hard-won victory on dairy discharge

By Dan Lorimier, Conservation coordinator, Southern and El Paso groups

After roughly two and a half years of effort, the Rio Grande Chapter has successfully helped protect New Mexico’s precious but highly threatened groundwater that 9 out of 10 of us rely on for drinking.


Home Water Conservation

Stewart Lake by DVW

Over the past three years, our family has consumed 38% less water than the prior owners of our house. During this same time period, the neighbor’s water consumption has been 9 times our water consumption in a house of similar size. Learn what you can do.


NM Water Quality Commission Approves Safeguards for Clean Water

December 15 – The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) today passed New Mexico’s first industry-specific regulations for the dairy industry. The new regulations will govern dairy waste pollution in ground water. The decision marks the end of a two-year process begun by the dairy industry itself, which asked for industry-specific regulations during the 2009 New Mexico legislative session.

“These regulations are way overdue”, said Jerry Nivens of Caballo Concerned Citizens. “This is a victory for clean water.”


9th Quivira Coalition Conference: The Carbon Ranch

Pioneers around the country and the world are building soil, increasing local food production, improving the water cycle and removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Hear and meet them in one place at The Carbon Ranch: Using Food and Stewardship to Build Soil and Fight Climate Change, the Quivira Coalition's 9th annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Nov. 10-12.


La Montanita Coop and Los Poblanos Organics – A Promising Future in Sustainable, Carbon-neutral Local and Regional Food Supply “Food-Shed”

East Mountain Organics Worker with Produce

The growth of global food markets, agricultural subsidies and megastore retail chains has transformed the food New Mexicans consume today, and stands in stark contrast to providing food just 60 years ago. Along the river valleys of New Mexico there has been continuous agriculture in small pueblos and villages thanks in part to ingenious water-giving acequias. The Anazazi ancestors of today’s Puebloan Native Americans settled near year-round rivers around 1400 and in the 17th century Hispanic settlements also became established.


NM Water Quality Control Commission Hears Dairy Regulation Proposals

June 9, 2010 – Santa Fe: New Mexico’s highest regulatory water quality authority, the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) is considering the State’s first industry specific groundwater discharge regulations as proposed by NMED, and the stronger regulations proposed by the Citizens Coalition of Caballo Concerned Citizens, the Rio Grande Chapter, Amigos Bravos and Food & Water Watch with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center’s legal support.


Parasol Dairy Permit Approved

June 8, 2010 - Santa Fe: In an unexpected and dangerous reversal of Environment Department decisions, the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) approved the discharge permit for the proposed 2,000 head ParaSol Dairy in Sierra County. The WQCC is the State’s highest administrative water quality authority.


Sarah’s Green Tip of the Week - Tip #8: Greens for the Planet

Farmers Market

Sarah is a second grader in Las Cruces who is concerned enough about the effects that climate change will have on the planet that she is taking action to do something about it. Her principal agreed to let her regularly broadcast her “Green Tip of the Week” to the school about the problem and how kids can help. We think grownups can help, too, so we are pleased to introduce Sarah’s Green Tips here:


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