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


Please vote on our Chapter Executive Committee members!

It's election time AGAIN -- this time for Rio Grande Chapter Executive Committee. Four candidates are running for three open seats on our chapter's executive committee, which decides issue priorities, helps craft our budget and sets chapter policy on environmental issues.

All Rio Grande Chapter members are eligible to vote on Chapter ExCom. Candidate statements are below.
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50th Anniversary of Wilderness Act celebrated with National Wilderness Conference Oct. 15-19

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By Norma McCallan, Chapter vice chair
As you may know, this year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Wilderness Act, in 1964.

There are many celebrations going on around the country, but Albuquerque was chosen from among about a dozen other cities to be the site for the National Wilderness Conference. It will take place at the Hyatt Regency hotel in downtown Albuquerque Oct. 15-19.


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.


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


Election boot camp with Commissioner Holian and former Mayor Coss

Do you want to make a difference this November by helping elect candidates who will make New Mexico a better place for us all?

This two-and-a-half-hour training will teach you best tactics for winning elections.

We'll hear from Santa Fe County Commissioner Kathy Holian and former Mayor David Coss, veteran campaign managers and practiced canvassers. We'll discuss the latest data on what really turns voters out. And we'll have a chance to practice these techniques to prepare you to be an effective campaigner this fall.

WHEN: 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 11


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."


Rio Grande Chapter voted Best Environmental Group by Santa Feans!

The Santa Fe Reporter's Best of Santa Fe issue came out July 15. Thanks Santa Fe; we're working to be even more effective in shaping environmental policy and actions. Click here to see the Reporter issue: http://bit.ly/1qfK9x8


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