UPDATE - additional 41 acres to be added to Valle de Oro - Two NEW New Mexico wildlife refuges dedicated

Wildlife refuge photo by Jeff Potter

UPDATE (August 2, 2013) Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Adds 41 Acres

The next 41 acres of a planned acquisition of the 570-acre Price's Dairy was conveyed to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, said The Trust for Public Land, Bernalillo County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on July 30.

The transfer represents the second phase of the Refuge's three-phase acquisition plan. More details in attached press release.

Plan for Middle Rio Grande released

Expanding programs such as the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program

By Dave Simon

The Rio Grande is one of the world’s great rivers. Over 1,800 miles in length, the Rio Grande is the fifth-longest river in North America. More than 500 miles of the Rio Grande form the heart of New Mexico—the state’s primary drainage feature and most valuable natural and cultural resource.

Group leaders named to State Land committee

New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands Ray Powell in May 2012 named Rio Grande Chapter leaders Norma McCallan and Ken Hughes to be part of a 12-member Conservation Advisory Committtee for the State Land Office.

Member Story: House Savings

Norma Reyes

Member Story: House Savings

Four years ago, I started greening my house as I made needed repairs. First I replaced the main windows with double-pane, energy-saving windows (which also reduced outside noise considerably). I have followed up with Energy Star toilets (rebate water credit paid for them entirely), showerheads, refrigerator, dishwasher and entry door. I’ve also installed an energy efficient garage door and put a thermal blanket on the water heater.

Solar Saves the Day

photo by Ken Hughes

Solar System kept water pumping when fire knocked out other power
(From the New Mexico Energy and Minerals Department)

RUIDOSO, N.M. – A solar photovoltaic system installed by the Sun Valley Water and Sanitation District kept the water pumping to volunteer firefighters fighting the Little Bear Fire when all other power in the area was lost.

Reduce, reuse, revolutionize


By Jessie Emerson, Northern Group Recycling Chair

According to the World Resources Institute (2000), global energy consumption and manufacturing activity over the next 50 years may rise to three times current levels.

State water plan being updated

NM basins BW.jpg

By Sig Silber, Northern New Mexico Group Water Chair

In 2003 the first New Mexico State Water Plan was adopted. It is the intent of the Legislature that the Interstate Stream Commission, in collaboration with the Office of the State Engineer and the water trust board, prepare and implement a comprehensive state water plan. The state water plan shall be a strategic management tool.

The details of the water-planning statute can be viewed at

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  • Wildlife management or wildlife destruction?

    Protest at NM Game & Fish Dept. - photo by MK Ray

    On June 21, the state Game Commission rubber-stamped Game and Fish’s
    recommendation to drastically increase allowed bear and cougar kills in New Mexico.

    By Mary Katherine Ray, Wildlife Chair

    What exactly is meant when the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish uses the words “wildlife management”? When it comes to carnivores, it means one thing: killing. Game and Fish is proposing to increase the number of bears being killed despite only two years having passed since the quotas were raised dramatically already.

    Flow Restored to the Santa Fe River

    Santa Fe River - JB

    By John Buchser, Chapter Chair and River Commission member, a.k.a. River Angel

    Years of work by river commissioners and Santa Fe City staff was rewarded on February 29 by unanimous approval of a river flow bill by the City Council. The bill allows for 'pass-through' of flows through the two reservoirs above Santa Fe of up to 1000 acre-feet of water in a year-round scheme designed to mirror natural flows.

    Stronger, better-funded energy-efficiency programs needed

    Green Building Code in Santa Fe Approved

    Published February 19 in Santa Fe New Mexican and on February 25 in the Albuquerque Journal

    We have all seen our Public Service Company of New Mexico electricity rates increase over the past few years. From April 2008 to today, PNM rates for the average residential customer has increased by 41 percent or $250 per year.

    Where is all of this money going? More of it should be coming right back to you and other customers in the form of PNM information and rebates to lower your costs for energy-efficient light bulbs, appliances, weatherization and insulation. But currently most of it is going to keep PNM's aging coal plants running and hooking up more energy-guzzling housing subdivisions.

    Why should you care? Because energy efficiency is the cheapest way to satisfy New Mexico's electricity demand, by a significant margin. PNM's 2010 annual report on energy efficiency states that the average cost to save a kilowatt hour of electrical energy is 1.86 cents. Compare that to the 11 cents per kWh paid by the average residential user.

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