In This Issue
Executive Director, Brian Shields
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"Whiskey's for Fighting, Water's for Drinking???"
Santa Fe Community Foundation
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January 28, 29, 30 & February 4
Rio Grande Del Norte Public Scoping Meetings
1.28.14: Taos, Sagebrush Inn
1.29.14: Questa, The Village Hall
1.30.14: Antonito, CO, American Legion Hall
2.4.2014: Santa Fe, BLM State Office
All Meetings: 6-8pm
For more information:
or visit BLM's
Rio Grande Del Norte
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Santa Fe & Carson
Forest "Listening Sessions" for Development of a Process for Public Participation in Forest Management Plans
Meetings will be held in:
Pecos, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, Los Alamos, Questa, Jemez Springs, Red River, Rio Rancho, Chama, Peñasco, Cuba, and Española
Register for Listening Sessions by January 24
Lindsay Buchanan, 505-438-5446, or
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DEAR FRIENDS OF NM'S WATERS ~
2014 is starting off with two great opportunities for your input on behalf of the environment in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management are conducting public participation meetings regarding management of the Santa Fe and Carson Forests, and the Río Grande del Norte National Monument, respectively.
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The Amigos Bravos January "Water Matters" Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, January 21st, at 5:30pm at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and will feature Marilyn O'Leary, interim director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center at the University of New Mexico and a water law attorney in the public and private sector for over twenty years. The title of O'Leary's talk is "WHISKEY'S FOR DRINKING, WATER'S FOR FIGHTING ???" THINK AGAIN !!!
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YIPPEE! Thanks to Your Support,
We 're off to a Great Start in 2014!
AMIGOS BRAVOS JANUARY "WATER MATTERS" LECTURE:
" WHISKEY'S FOR DRINKING, WATER'S FOR FIGHTING ??? "
THINK AGAIN!!! On the evening of Tuesday, January 21, at 5:30pm, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Amigos Bravos "Water Matters" lecture will feature Marilyn O'Leary, interim director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center and a practicing water law attorney in the private and public sector for over two decades. The "Water Matters" Lectures are held on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm, 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.
Conventional wisdom claims that water is the new oil and that communities and countries are destined to fight one another over the right to it; however, alternative approaches exist for addressing water shortage and the hardship it causes. Water users can collaboratively and creatively summon the best way to manage their shared water resources. Marilyn O'Leary will provide successful examples, including one close to home on the Rio Jemez, as well as principles informed by international water law for effective collaborations in which water is fairly shared among upstream and downstream users. She'll also discuss current salient issues under consideration, for 2014, at the Utton Transboundary Resources Center*.
Marilyn O'Leary was appointed interim director of the Utton Transboundary Resources Center in June, 2013. She is currently working with Utton Center staff and School of Law natural resources faculty to spearhead strategic planning efforts for the Center with the possibility of expanding the Center's work to include drought management projects and water and energy issues. Professor O'Leary previously directed the Utton Center from its establishment in 2001 until 2007. She has practiced water law and public utility law in the public and private sectors, served on the New Mexico Public Utility Commission from 1982-1987, beginning as assistant counsel, then becoming executive director, commissioner, and commissioner chair, and was a founding member of the Natural Resources Section of the State Bar (now NREEL), a member of the Committee on Women in the Legal Profession, and a co-chair of the Equal Access to Justice Campaign.
*The Utton Transboundary Resources Center researches and provides information to the public about water, natural resources, and environmental issues, with a particular focus on New Mexico and the Southwest. It also supports collaborative natural resource management using multidisciplinary expertise and inclusive, diverse stakeholder involvement. The Center provides pre-
mediation education, as well as information regarding adjudications to unrepresented water rights claimants and defendants. Its primary purpose is to streamline the adjudication process by providing claimants with unbiased information about the multifaceted process.
To catch up on previous lectures or gain a preview of upcoming ones, tune in to the fabulous Mary-Charlotte Domandi's Santa Fe Radio Cafe, every weekday morning from 8:05am to 9am, on KSFR radio, 101.1FM - or google Santa Fe Radio Cafe and type the name of the lecturer,
whose interview you wish to hear, into the search box.
The Santa Fe Community Foundation is located between Old Santa Fe Trail and Acequia Madre, at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Halona. For more information, call 575-758-3874.
Rio Grande del Norte & Ute Mountain, photo by Paul Bauer
BLM ANNOUNCES PUBLIC SCOPING MEETINGS FOR THE RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT PLAN
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is initiating an effort to prepare the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Plan. This plan will provide management direction for the 242,500 acre Monument designated in March 2013. The BLM is requesting input regarding relevant issues, potential conflicts, or any pertinent information that should be considered during the planning process. These public scoping meetings are scheduled to assist in this effort and will take place: January 28, in Taos, at the Sagebrush Inn; January 29, in Questa, at The Village Hall; January 30, in Antonito, Colorado, at the American Legion Hall; and February 4 in Santa Fe, at the BLM State Office.
For more information, please call 575-758-8851 or refer to the Monument website:
SANTA FE & CARSON NATIONAL FORESTS INVITE PUBLIC TO PROVIDE INPUT ON PLANNING PROCESS
The Forests have each partnered with the US Forest Service National Collaboration Cadre to assist in organizing an authentic public participation process for revision of National Forest Management Plans. Beginning January 31, Cadre team members will visit impacted communities to conduct informal "listening" sessions with community members and stakeholders to learn how the Forest Services can "develop and implement an effective and efficient public participation and collaboration process." Listening sessions are meant to help the agencies understand the context of local situations and to provide information for subsequent public workshops in March. In an announcement, they assert "Forest plan revision is a long and complex undertaking and we need your help in creating a collaborative strategy that best fits the diverse needs and contexts of our communities." Participants can expect informal conversations in small groups of 8, with 2 Cadre members. The Cadre hopes to learn:
a) examples when participants worked well in community efforts in the past;
b) ways the Forest can improve further public participation and collaboration efforts;
c) opportunities for collaboration;
d) important issues and trends that might emerge;
e) other participants/interests who should be included in the process.
For the listening session schedule, contact Lindsay Buchanan at 505-438-5446 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
AMIGOS BRAVOS IS CELEBRATING
26 YEARS OF PROTECTING & RESTORING NEW MEXICO'S WATERS
Please celebrate with us and help to make sure Amigos Bravos remains strong for the
THANK YOU FOR YOUR ENTHUSIASTIC SUPPORT OF AMIGOS BRAVOS AND NEW MEXICO'S RIVERS & WATERWAYS!!!