Albuquerque air-quality board refuses to hear air-quality rule

By Lora Lucero 04/06/14
On March 12, the Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Air Quality Board ruled against Southwest Organizing Project’s request for a public hearing.
SWOP and community members wanted the board to set a future public hearing to consider a cumulative-impacts rule.
SWOP’s draft rule would have required the air-quality board to consider the pollutants coming from all of the smokestacks in the neighborhood, not just from the applicant’s project. There are at least 84 permitted facilities polluting Albuquerque’s South Valley.

Progress on the Los Alamos Ban the Bag campaign


By Jody Benson, Pajarito Group, newsletter editor, 04/06/14
After its inaugural event on Jan. 15, the Pajarito Group’s Bag Ban effort is progressing and expanding.
Chapter Director Camilla Feibelman is training members from the Pajarito Group and multiple other organizations, including PEEC, the League of Women Voters and the community at large, to become focused activists.

Bosquitos make nature art

Bosquitos Alli courtesy Sarita Streng

By Sarita Streng, Central New Mexico Group
The Bosquitos (the kids and kids-of-all-ages group of the Bosque Action Team) got together on Feb. 23 for a “Land Art” event led by Sandria Cook and Allison “Alli” Theoret.

El Paso Group Executive Committee gets three great additions

By Laurence Gibson, El Paso Group chair 04.06.14
The El Paso Group Executive Committee is sporting three new members with outstanding credentials. Top vote-getter, after incumbent and National Board member Liz Walsh, was blogger Jim Tolbert.

Transitions for Northern New Mexico Outings team

Transitions in Northern New Mexico Outings Group
Mary Thompson, who has been the Outings Co-Chair for the Northern Group since 2011, has elected to step down from that role and return to “just” leading hikes and doing all her other activities. Mary’s most notable contribution to the program was probably the establishment of our Meetup site. She was also a frequent contributor to Sierra Trail Mix, the initiator behind recent hiker speaker/party nights and leader meetings and communications, and performed other chair duties. We sincerely thank her for her service.

Citizens Coalition statement on lack of enforcement of dairy groundwater safeguards

dairy cows dairies

The Rio Grande Chapter is part of a Citizens Coalition to protect rules that safeguard groundwater from dairy waste. This press release was issued March 19, 2014:

When the Martinez Administration’s Water Quality Control Commission compromised public health and the environment by adopting the Copper Rule in September, it also created an alarming precedent to allow pollution of the state’s groundwater rather than requiring prevention of pollution.


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


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.


New Mexico water policies

Rio Grande Bosque Canal

By Denise Fort, Mike Agar and John Buchser

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.


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

Golden Eagle and Raven © Mary Katherine Ray

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:

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