Water

As New Mexico dairies pollute, Environment Department refuses to enforce groundwater safeguards

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


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.


Will dairy industry get carte blanche to pollute water?

By Dan Lorimier, chapter conservation coordinator

Since 2009 the Rio Grande Chapter, along with allies like Amigos Bravos and represented by Jon Block of the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, has struggled to protect groundwater by helping develop discharge rules for the dairy industry here. These new rules were adopted by the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) in 2010, but Gov. Susana Martinez tried to block their publication as her first act when she took office in 2011. Subsequently, the courts told the governor that she would have to obey the law and the rules were published.


Taos Water Sentinels wrap up river-monitoring season

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By Eric Patterson, Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos
Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos completed its third and last regularly scheduled water monitoring of the season on Sept. 9.


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."


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