NM Supreme Court reverses Environment Department attempt to block AG from water hearings

dairy cows dairies

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.


Panel Discussion: Deciding New Mexico's Energy Future

Coal - San Juan

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:


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


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.


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.


October-November-December outings and hikes for New Mexico and West Texas

Redondo Peak hike in September

October
Saturday, Oct. 4: Strenuous hike to Trampas and Hidden Lakes, 14 miles and 2,700-foot elevation gain. Early start. Two or three dogs OK. Larry, lorenz.hughes@gmail.com (505) 913-0589


El Paso Group Endorses Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition Calling for Saving Land on Both Sides of the Franklin Mountains

Map of City Owned Land Included in Petition

The Sierra Club El Paso Group has endorsed the Franklin Mountains Conservation Petition calling for Saving land on both sides of the Franklin Mountains. The petition asks the El Paso City Council to pass the following ordinance:


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."


How to help wildlife through the human zone

This bobcat kitten was brought to the Wildlife Center from a backyard.

By Katherine Eagleson, Wildlife Center, Española, 06/30/14

In the United States we have done a pretty good job of saving scenic places. A lot of wildlife lives in those places.

But when a drought lingers year after year and depletes food sources, or a wildfire burns the habitat to dirt, or maybe it’s just time for the youngsters to move out, make a life of their own, spread the gene pool, how do we accommodate wild animals’ need to move?

Badly, that’s how we have done it so far. We have not planned well to give wildlife the corridors they need to move safely between habitats. We have also misled the public by giving the impression that wildlife managers can collect wildlife from backyards and parks and homeowners’ association properties and transport them to some wilderness nirvana.


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