Water

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N.M. Environment Department stops enforcing water safeguards for dairies

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By Michael Jensen, Amigos Bravos, and Dan Lorimier 03/24/14

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.

The dairy industry was quick to jump at the chance for similar treatment, petitioning the commission to gut the recently enacted Dairy Rule after less than a year of implementation.

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Citizens Coalition statement on lack of enforcement of dairy groundwater safeguards

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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.

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Water Crisis in the West: Thinking Like a Watershed - March 27 - ABQ

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Mark your calendars - NEXT FILM IN SERIES -March 27th, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm
KiMo Theatre, 421 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM

“Thinking Like a Watershed” is a series of five presentations featuring widely recognized humanity scholars who will speak on different topics pertaining to the unique and fragile water system in the North American Southwest.

Five panel discussions led by Jack Loeffler, Author of Thinking like a Watershed
Producer of Watersheds as Commons Project Director - Lore of the Land, Inc.


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New Mexico water policies

Rio Grande Bosque Canal

By Denise Fort, Mike Agar and John Buchser

Introduction
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.

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We Are The Water Sentinels — Rios de Taos

The Water Sentinels—Rios de Taos is a group of Sierra Club volunteers whose primary goal is to monitor the water quality in rivers of Taos County. Sentinels measure water quality components in five streams three times each year and we can do additional testing when someone reports a potential problem. We do have some other goals that may not be so obvious.


Crawford Symposium - Feb. 25 - ABQ

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2014 Crawford Symposium ~ Green Trails for the Next Generation ~

What: A gathering and celebration to share our research and ideas about the New Mexico bosque and landscape we cherish. This is an event for high school school & college students, professionals and the community to promote information sharing, networking and action to help create a sustainable future!

Date: Tuesday, February 25th 2014

Location: Bosque School ~ Budagher Hall, 4000 Learning Road NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120


Water Town Hall - April 15 & 16 - ABQ

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Dates: April 15-16, 2014
Tentative Times: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Water is perhaps THE most critical policy issue in New Mexico. Without enough clean, available water, our economy, health, environment, and overall population suffers. The topic is far-reaching and complex, as we saw in 2013 with periods of extreme drought followed by unusually heavy rains.

NM town hall sponsored by NM First
NM First


Concern grows over Kirtland fuel plume

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By Jeff Potter and Warren Cox, Central New Mexico Group

In the latest in a series of public meetings held over the last five years, residents of Albuquerque’s Siesta Hills, South San Pedro, Trumbull Village and Homestead neighborhoods packed the Cesar Chavez Community Center on Dec. 4 to continue to voice their collective outrage and concern over the pace of the investigation and remedial actions associated with the decades-old Kirtland Air Force Base fuel plume.

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Public decries copper-mining rule

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By John Buchser, Chapter chair

It’s getting difficult to keep track.

This spring, more critical environmental protections were added to the list of those dismantled by state commissions appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez.


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