DEAR FRIENDS OF NM'S WATERS ~
Many Many thanks to everyone who purchased tickets for the 2013 Raffle for the Rio! The raffle was a huge success, we met our goal, and - thanks to your enthusiasm and generosity - money raised will be able to support Amigos Bravos' ability to respond swiftly and effectively to water emergencies as they arise throughout New Mexico.
We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2013 Raffle for the Rio is Hannah Jean Rane. Hannah is ten years old and is recognized in her family - even before winning the Amigos Bravos Raffle for the Rio! - as being "lucky!" We think this bodes well for future generations :) The ticket was drawn from a barrel, full of ticket stubs - live, on the air at KTAO radio, hosted by Brad Hockmeyer - at 6pm on June 20th. Snowflower Romero of Taos High School performed the honors.
Amigos Bravos is especially happy to thank
Jean Richards, of Arroyo Seco
for producing one of the very best
Raffle for the Rio parties ever ! !
Thank you, Jean!
This month, the Amigos Bravos "Water Matters" Lecture will feature William (Bill) Brown, Earth Scientist and 2012 Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize winner, speaking about "Climate Change and the Water & Energy Future of New Mexico."
We hope to see you there!
Scroll down to learn about steps Amigos Bravos is initiating to protect the health of people living along the Middle Rio Grande.
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AMIGOS BRAVOS JULY "WATER MATTERS" LECTURE FEATURES EARTH SCIENTIST & PEACE PRIZE WINNER, WILLIAM (BILL) BROWN SPEAKING ABOUT "CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE WATER & ENERGY FUTURE OF NEW MEXICO"
On the evening of Tuesday, July 16, at 5:30pm, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, Amigos Bravos will offer the second in a two year-long lecture series on "Water Matters." The lectures are free to our members and the public and feature some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic speakers in the region, including writers, scientists, poets, environmental activists, and scholars.
Amigos Bravos is very happy to present
Bill Brown speaking on "Climate Change and the Water & Energy Future of New Mexico."
|William (Bill) Brown|
After 36 years as an Earth Scientist for the USGS, Brown is currently a recognized consultant on global warming, and climate change energy science and technology, policy, and economics. He has created energy efficiency policy, greenhouse gas emissions inventories, climate change adaption guidelines, clean energy development guidelines, and other data and materials in the service of a new clean energy economy.
Brown advises the New Mexico Congressional Delegation on climate change issues in the American Southwest; consults for Renewable Taos on the transition to a clean energy economy for Taos County; and serves on the Advisory Council of Amigos Bravos, providing consultation in regard to the water-energy nexus in New Mexico.
Brown received the 2012 Paul Bartlett Ré Peace Prize of UNM for his outstanding contributions to the promotion of peace through energy and climate change messaging via The Climate Reality Project and other work. He also received a Sustainable Leadership Award in 2012 for his career work in sustainability and the financial case for a new clean energy economy.
Listen to the fabulous Mary-Charlotte Domandi interview William Brown on KSFR radio at 8am on Tuesday, or, after the lecture, listen online to the interview by googling Santa Fe Radio Cafe.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation is located between Old Santa Fe Trail and Acequia Madre, at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Hanola. For more information, call 575-758-3874.
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|Amigos Bravos Water Quality Monitoring in the Middle Rio Grande|
AMIGOS BRAVOS WORKS TO ELIMINATE PCBs FROM MIDDLE RIO GRANDE
In early February of 2006, the New Mexico Environment Department issued its first ever "do not eat" fish advisory for the Rio Grande, Cochiti Lake and Abiquiu reservoirs due to PCB contamination. PCBs have since been detected in the surface waters of Los Alamos National Laboratory at levels more than 38,000 times the New Mexico water quality standard for protection of human health and 1,700 times the New Mexico water quality standard that is protective of wildlife habitat.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are a group of industrial chemicals used in electrical equipment such as transformers, capacitors, and as lubricants and coolants. The manufacturing of PCBs was banned in 1977 because they were proven to bioaccumulate in the environment and cause adverse health effects in humans and wildlife. Up to 209 individual chlorinated compounds can be combined to make different PCBs. PCBs can be oily liquids, solids, or vapors. PCBs have no taste or smell, but they are a confirmed cause of cancer.
Amigos Bravos has set a goal to eliminate PCB contamination in New Mexico, wherever possible.
In November of 2010, in response to a Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by Amigos Bravos, the EPA issued a water permit that requires LANL to cleanup 400 contaminated waste sites, sixty-three of which have been identified as high priority PCB sites.
PCBs have also been found in fish tissue downstream of LANL, in the Middle Rio Grande. Many people in Albuquerque rely on the fish they catch in the Middle Rio Grande as a source of food for their families, particularly in the South Valley.
Amigos Bravos is concerned about impacts to human health from the consumption of fish caught in the area. In order to address this issue, Amigos Bravos applied for and received a mini-grant from the Con Alma Foudation to research the prevalence of PCB-tainted fish consumption in the South Valley. Armed with those numbers, Amigos Bravos intends to press the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority to eliminate PCBs from stormwater runoff.
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AMIGOS BRAVOS IS CELEBRATING
25 YEARS OF PROTECTING & RESTORING NEW MEXICO'S WATERS
Please celebrate with us and help to make sure Amigos Bravos remains strong for the next 25 years by donating now.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF AMIGOS BRAVOS AND NEW MEXICO'S RIVERS & WATERWAYS!!!