Wolves face ever more obstacles

captive Mexican Wolf - photo by Jeromy Parsell

By Mary Katherine Ray, chapter wildlife chair

As the drought intensifies and the fires are raging on wildland across New Mexico, our beleaguered Mexican wolves continue to struggle.

Santa Fe’s Maxine S. Goad honored by Sierra Club

Maxine S. Goad - photo by Haeli Miceli

By Susan Martin, chapter political chair

Referred to as the “godmother of New Mexico’s groundwater” by Ron Curry, former Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department (and now EPA Region 6 administrator), Maxine S. Goad was instrumental in the development of the state’s groundwater-quality protection program, working first as a citizen advocate and then as a state employee to formulate the rules that are used today.

Will Chaco fall victim to Mancos play?

By Norma McCallan, Northern New Mexico co-chair

In a remote area of the southeastern San Juan Basin, down a long, washboard dirt road, lies Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Designated as a World Heritage Site in 1987, its magnificent ancient ruins face a new threat from proposed federal gas and oil leases north and east of the park, totaling 18,500 acres.

San Juan County is energy, pollution epicenter

Coal Waste

By Mona Blaber and Norma McCallan

On June 7 and 8, San Juan County members of the Rio Grande Chapter and chapter leaders joined for events focusing on the area’s oil-, gas- and coal-driven economy and how to transition to a healthier and economically vibrant community.

Chapter leaders and allies met with Bureau of Land Management Farmington District administrators about proposed oil and gas leases near Chaco Canyon (see accompanying article), impacts from drilling on public lands and protection of the district’s Badlands.

SC Executive Director Brune road trip hits Rio Grande del Norte


By Eric Patterson, Taos Water Sentinels

Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune and his family have undertaken a tour of National Monuments of the Southwest.

What was your call to action?


Chapter director’s column by Camilla Feibelman

Most Sierra Club members can tell about a time when they were overcome by awe induced by the natural world. And in the best of cases that awe becomes a dedicated passion for the environment.

PRC keeps renewables rule — sort of

Solar Home

By Mona Blaber

We asked you to help protect renewable energy in New Mexico, and you responded — in force.

In April, after the Public Regulation Commission agreed to rehear the Reasonable Cost Threshold rule that enforces New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Act, the Rio Grande Chapter asked supporters to submit comments urging the commission not to weaken the rule.

Community solar for Santa Fe?

Community Supported Solar Project, Taos - Teresa Seamster

By Teresa Seamster, Northern New Mexico Group and Esha Chiocchio, Santa Fe Watershed Association

Santa Fe Community Solar Garden – the name conjures up a sunny field with upturned solar panels collecting the daily requirement of energy for the people who live here. A few acres planted in panels and clean fixed-cost energy for the next 50 years. The image is not far-fetched.

Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter statement on President Obama’s Climate Plan and New Mexico


For immediate release: June 25, 2013 Contact: Camilla Feibelman, Rio Grande Chapter director, camilla.feibelman@sierraclub.org, 505-715-8388

See attachment for printable PDF file

Preserve and protect Albuquerque's bosque

bosque deer.jpg

Richard Barish, Central New Mexico Group's Bosque Issues chair, and Michael Jensen of Amigos Bravos submitted the follow response to an Albuquerque Journal editorial about Mayor Berry's plans for the Albuquerque bosque in this "Rio Grande Vision":

The editorial in the June 18 Journal, "Bosque project deserves real input, not posturing," is a rather extraordinary source of misinformation.

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