Water

Albuquerque issues draft Bosque environmental assessment

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By Richard Barish, Bosque Issues Chair, January 15, 2015

In response to criticism from the Sierra Club and others that the City of Albuquerque was not looking at the potential environmental impacts of its proposed projects in the Bosque, the City agreed to delay implementation of its Bosque project and conduct baseline environmental monitoring. The monitoring was carried out by a private contractor, SWCA, over a period of about a year, ending in the late summer.


Interstate Stream Commission decides: Divert the Gila

By Allyson Siwik

At the conclusion of a 10-year planning process geared toward developing water from New Mexico’s last wild river, no one was surprised when on Nov. 24 the nine-member Interstate Stream Commission voted to notify the U.S. Secretary of the Interior that New Mexico will move forward with planning a Gila River diversion project under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.


Chapter's response to Albuquerque's Bosque Environmental Monitoring Plan

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December 15, 2014

By email, mschmader@cabq.gov, and first class U.S. mail
Dr. Matthew Schmader, City of Albuquerque Open Space Division
P.O. Box 1293, Albuquerque, N.M. 87103
Re: SWCA Environmental Monitoring Plan and Baseline Monitoring Report

Dear Dr. Schmader:


Supreme Court rejects Environment Department attempt to block AG from water hearings

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The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously struck down the Water Quality Control Commission’s unprecedented decision to block the Attorney General’s Office from upcoming hearings on the rule that protects New Mexico water from industrial dairy waste.

On another issue, a writ filed by New Mexico Environmental Law Center representing Sierra Club Rio Grande Chapter, the court, in a split decision, allowed the commission to hold its only hearing on the dairy rule in Roswell.


Environment Department refuses to enforce groundwater rules for dairies

See Rio Grande Chapter Conservation Coordinator Dan Lorimier interviewed on KRWG: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6l4sH9Zxcgw


A membership moment – please take a minute to consider your Sierra Club membership

Takota, a Golden Eagle from the El Paso Zoo at the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta in 2010 by Rick LoBello

I have always admired and respected the Sierra Club. When I worked in the national parks we all heard the story of John Muir and I can really relate to what he said in The Yosemite in 1912… "Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike."


Bosquitos in the Wilderness - EXPLORE THE VALLE DEL ORO!

Saturday, December 13th

The Bosque Action Team presents
Bosquitos in the Wilderness - EXPLORE THE VALLE DEL ORO!


Panel Discussion: Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future

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6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2
The Sierra Club, 350.org, Environment New Mexico, and Interfaith Power and Light present

Showtime Episode: Years of Living Dangerously: Winds of Change & Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future Panel Discussion: Spin or Reality PNM's San Juan Power Replacement Plan January PRC Hearings. We’ll show “Years of Living Dangerously Episode 6” on methane leaks, fracking, the promise of renewable energy and state efforts to repeal Renewable Energy Standards. Intent is to use this to educate and prep the public for Jan 5 PRC.

Episode to be followed by expert panel:


Bosque Bash 2: RETURN OF THE LIVING BOSQUE!!!

4-8 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 2014
Tortuga Gallery, 901 Edith Boulevard Southeast Albuquerque, NM, 87102 United States

Hard to believe but nearly a year has gone by since our first Bosque Bash. Because of your passion and commitment we have made tremendous strides in keeping our beloved Bosque a natural wonder. Join us on Sunday December 7th at Tortuga Gallery (901 Edith Blvd SE) for another joyous evening of food, fun, family, community…and of course great music, including Sage & Jared’s Happy Gland Band, Sweet Spot, Throw the Temple, Cali Shaw and more!!! Start time TBD.


Billion-dollar Gila question to be answered very soon

Gila Lower Box by Anthony Howell

By Allyson Siwik, Chapter Executive Committee
After 10 years of planning under the Arizona Water Settlements Act, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission will make the decision in November whether to divert the Gila River or instead implement nondiversion water-conservation measures to meet southwest New Mexico’s future water needs.


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