Category: water

Groundwater protection does not risk copper mining jobs

The Copper Mine Rule, adopted by appointees of the Martinez administration, does not adequately protect New Mexico’s groundwater resources. The Copper Mine Rule regulates how copper mines impact groundwater under mine sites. It represents a special interest carve out of the Water Quality Act (WQC) for copper mines only. Our allies at the Gila Resources [read more…]

Clear water can be dangerous too

Abandoned mines have plagued New Mexico communities for decades. In light of the Gold King Mine spill, join us in calling out Gov. Martinez for her systematic assault on our environmental safeguards and urge her to prioritize clean-up.>> People pay attention when a river turns orange. But water doesn’t need to be orange to be [read more…]

The fight for a free-flowing Gila River isn’t over

After a 10-year planning process, the Interstate Stream Commission (ISC) voted to move forward with planning for an irresponsible and costly Gila River diversion project. We weren’t surprised – and the fight to protect New Mexico’s last free-flowing river isn’t over. We need you to show the legislature that there is strong support for a [read more…]

Will Martinez and King debate action on climate change? Update: VICTORY!

Between the mud-slinging and campaign finance reports this election, the real issues New Mexicans face aren’t getting the attention they deserve in the governor’s race. When Gov. Martinez and Attorney General Gary King debate live on KOAT-TV on Oct. 19, they’ll answer questions from a panel of journalists. But will voters learn where the candidates [read more…]

The facts speak for themselves

By Demis Foster, CVNM Executive Director It’s disappointing that New Mexico Environment Department Secretary Ryan Flynn felt the need to descend into shrill name-calling and blatant half-truths in his recent opinion piece. But maybe it should not be surprising. Conservation Voters New Mexico (CVNM) clearly hit a nerve by simply reporting the facts on Gov. [read more…]

Keep the Gila free flowing

Originating in America’s first wilderness, the Gila is rich in biological diversity and cultural history. The Gila provides significant economic value to the region through outdoor recreation and wilderness experience. Originating in America’s first wilderness, the Gila is rich in biological diversity and cultural history. The Gila provides significant economic value to the region through [read more…]

Knowledge is power

When the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) came to Grants for a public meeting last week, they attempted to keep the conversation to general uranium issues. But community members who attended also wanted to talk about the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine and the lack of legacy waste cleanup. Community [read more…]

The EPA isn’t happy and neither are we

Nine-thousand New Mexicans submitted public comment to the U.S. Forest Service about their Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed Roca Honda uranium mine. Ninety-eight percent of those comments were in opposition to the mine and the DEIS. CVNM supporters, like you, submitted 835 of those comments. Thank you!  Since then, the Environmental Protection [read more…]

Governor Martinez is leaving New Mexico in the dust

As a New Mexican, you see the effects of climate change on a daily basis. We are gripped by a historic drought—the worst in the nation—which threatens the very livelihood of our communities, families and economy. Erratic wildfires, fueled by climate change, have resulted in catastrophic damage and loss of property and life. We’re ready [read more…]

Tell the PRC: Don’t undermine renewable energy development in New Mexico!

There goes the sun… Yup, that’s right: New Mexico’s Public Regulation Commission (PRC) is considering damaging changes to an important rule—changes that would devastate solar and other renewable energy production in our state—and further threaten our scarce water resources. Back in 2007, Commissioners Ben R. Lujan and Jason Marks established rules to enforce the state’s [read more…]