Conservation groups oppose Flynn nomination

Sabinoso Wilderness

On Tuesday, the state Senate Rules Committee is scheduled to hear Gov. Susana Martinez’s nomination of Ryan Flynn as Environment Department secretary.

Amigos Bravos, Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, Environment New Mexico, New Mexico Environmental Law Center and Conservation Voters New Mexico oppose this nomination.


NM Volunteers for Outdoors Work Day - February 22, 2014 -Restore habitat for the endangered Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

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Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System in the lower 48 states. The 230,000 acre refuge includes four different biomes that intersect and support a wide array of biological diversity. The Rio Grande flows through the center of the refuge and is an importance source of water that creates an oasis for wildlife in the arid landscape.

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New Mexico water policies

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By Denise Fort, Mike Agar and John Buchser

Introduction
In general New Mexico water policies have been far too focused on the development of the state’s water resources, without regard to the sustainability of water uses, or the effect on the natural environment of these withdrawals. Now, as climate change ushers in higher temperatures, less predictability in precipitation, and reduced flows in our rivers, we are ill prepared to meet the challenge of adjusting to these changes. Further, our widespread reliance on mined groundwater means that the gap between supplies and our accustomed uses will increase as aquifers are mined.

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Please ask the governor to oppose harmful and expensive diversion of the Gila River

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The Gila River is New Mexico’s last free-flowing river, rich in biological diversity and cultural history. But an expensive proposed project threatens it.

In 2004, Congress passed the Arizona Water Settlements Act, which authorized diversion of the Gila River if New Mexico agreed to buy water from Arizona to replace what we take out of the river.

Click here to ask Gov. Martinez not to approve an expensive and harmful Gila River diversion: http://bit.ly/1hT1N1A


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Roundhouse - by Dan Lorimier

During the current 30-day state Legislative session, the Rio Grande Chapter is advocating for a bill to allow tax credits when you purchase a plug-in electric vehicle, as well as infrastructure incentives for EVs, plus other smart energy-efficiency legislation at the Roundhouse this year. We're also fighting a bill that would make it harder for neighbors to sue polluting dairy facilities. To learn more and get updates and information on how to contact your legislator on important environmental legislation, please sign up for our email list: http://bit.ly/15jXzqY


NEW DATE - March 20 - Proposed La Bajada Mesa strip mine public hearing

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UPDATE: The Case Manager Jose Larrañaga has postponed the Buena Vista / Rockology hearing before the County Development Review Committee (CDRC) until next month, Thursday, March 20.

On March 20th the proposed plan will be heard by the Santa Fe County - see attached poster.

PLEASE COME TO THE HEARING AND EMAIL the Case Manager, Jose Larrañaga :
Dear Mr. Larrañaga, we do not support mining in this location because :


Crawford Symposium - Feb. 25 - ABQ

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2014 Crawford Symposium ~ Green Trails for the Next Generation ~

What: A gathering and celebration to share our research and ideas about the New Mexico bosque and landscape we cherish. This is an event for high school school & college students, professionals and the community to promote information sharing, networking and action to help create a sustainable future!

Date: Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Location: Bosque School ~ Budagher Hall, 4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120


Richard Barish interview by VB Price on Rio Grande Vision plan

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The conversation offers objective insights into the Bosque issues and the Rio Grande Vision plan in a comprehensive manner.

V.B. Price talks with Richard Barish, the Bosque Issues chair for the Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, about how Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry's Rio Grande Vision plan will impact the Bosque.

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Westerners pack the room for wolves

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By Mary Katherine Ray, Chapter Wildlife Chair

With the government back in business after its October shutdown, all of U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s public hearings on its rule proposals for wolf management have been held. One was in Washington DC before the shutdown, afterwards there was one in Denver, Sacramento, Albuquerque and Pinetop, Ariz. The last two also allowed testimony about the proposed Mexican Wolf rule changes in addition to the delisting all other wolves from Endangered Species protection.


You’re making good things happen

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By Camilla Feibelman, chapter director

In the face of so many and such complex environmental issues, focus and strategic action are essential to achieving real, tangible change.

Without focus and strategy we might be paralyzed by the scale of what we are confronting. But if we organize in a way that lets people take measurable action toward change that we can see and feel, we are more likely to be successful.


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