Federal Appeals Court Rules on Middle Rio Grande, Minnow Issues - Prior Expansive Pro-ESA Rulings Voided

Rio Grande near Albuquerque

On April 21st, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit finally issued its ruling involving a crucial issue for Endangered Species Act (ESA) "consultations" on federal water project operations, and federal agency activities in general.

Sierra Club Seeks Clean Up of Coal Combustion Waste Dump

Coal Waste

“One of the Largest Illegal Open Dumps in the Nation” Dangerously Polluting Water Supplies in Region

(Farmington, NM) - April 8, 2010 - The Sierra Club took action today to stop the disposal of millions of tons of toxic coal combustion waste each year in unlined pits at the San Juan Coal Mine, and to compel the clean up of previously disposed waste that continues to leach toxic pollutants into the surrounding ground and surface water.

Santa Fe's Louise Pape Water Conservation Efforts - National Geographic Feature

Pecos Falls

While most people use 100 gallons of water per day, Louise Pape uses only 10 gallons per day. Learn how she does it in the April 2010 edition of National Geograhic (article starts on page 172) or follow the link.


Protect New Mexico’s Outstanding Waters

Pecos Falls

Dec. 15, 2009 - Los Alamos County’s water needs are currently satisfied by groundwater. However, as the holder of San Juan-Chama water rights, we have a vested interest in protecting the quality of that water. Many of our local recreation areas, including the San Pedro Parks Wilderness, the Dome Wilderness, the Chama River Canyon Wilderness, and the Southern Pecos Wilderness will be better protected if the WQCC approves the proposal. The Sierra Club asks the County Council and Los Alamos residents to support this initiative.


Make Every Drop of Water Count

Aug. 18, 2009 - Dirty as it may be, water in the Rio Grande allotted to cities and counties under the San Juan-Chama (SJC) Diversion pact is prized. Our County’s share is 1200 acre feet.


Catron County confluence

Water unites ranchers and environmentalists in a conservative corner of New Mexico. Reprinted From the November 23, 2009 issue of High Country News by Arla Shephard (with permission). In southwestern New Mexico's Catron County, you're more likely to hear the word "en-varmint-alist" than "environmentalist," says Mary Katherine Ray.


Sierra Club Seeks Cleanup of Open-Pit Coal Ash Dump

Coal Waste

Dec 2009 - The Sierra Club today put the San Juan Coal Company on notice for failing to properly dispose of millions of tons of toxic coal ash and scrubber sludge each year. The San Juan Coal Company has dumped more than 40 million tons of coal combustion waste containing pollutants like arsenic, lead, and mercury into massive unlined pits at the San Juan Mine, about 10 miles west of Farmington.

State Sets Hearing for Dairy Regulations

Roughly two-thirds of New Mexico’s 150 or so dairy CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are polluting our groundwater with leaky lagoons, inadequate storm-water runoff control, and overapplication of dairy-cow effluent to fields, according to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).The next Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) public meeting will convene at 9:00a.m., Tuesday, April 13th, 2010, in State Capitol Building Room 307, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. The DRAFT Agenda for that meeting will be made available on the WQCC website 10 days in advance. http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/wqcc/.


Sierra Club Testifies to Clean up Coal Combustion Waste

At the request of the Sierra Club, on September 17 the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division of the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department held an informal conference in Farmington to consider issues raised by Sierra Club regarding the renewal of the mining permit for the San Juan Mine. The Sierra Club testified that concentrations of lead, selenium, arsenic, cadmium, boron, sulfates, and chlorides have been increasing to levels above drinking water standards in the shallow gravel aquifer underneath the Shumway arroyo, which drains the western perimeter of the San Juan Mine.

Groups Unite to Restore Santa Fe River and Help the Homeless

Santa Fe River - JB

The Santa Fe Watershed Association launched the Adopt-the-River program a decade ago, and the Northern New Mexico Group of the Sierra Club was among the first stewards to sign up. In cooperation with the City of Santa Fe, the Watershed Association organized stewards to adopt a section of the river, keep it clear of trash, and help to reestablish native vegetation.

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