In This Issue
Executive Director, Brian Shields
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"Uranium Mining: Impacts & Community Resistance in Indian Country"
Santa Fe Community Foundation
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2014 Land and Water Summit
Featuring Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Techniques for Controlling Stormwater
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Regional Coalition of LANL Communities
Regular Business Meeting
9:00 - 11:00am
Española City Council Chambers
105 Paseo de Oñate
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Taos County Commision
Work Session on the
Taos Land Use Regulations
Taos County Commission Chambers
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Linda Gomez, Amigos Bravos Office and Database Manager
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The Southwest Rural Policy Network
of fourteen organizations from Arizona,
New Mexico and Colorado, each working on
a variety of social issues that affect the people
and communities of the rural Southwest.
Amigos Bravos has been a member
of the Network for 5 years.
To learn more, please visit;
La Fuerca, by Brian Shields
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of New Mexico's waters?
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The Amigos Bravos January "Water Matters" Lecture is scheduled for this Tuesday, February 18, at 5:30pm at the Santa Fe Community Foundation and will feature Nadine Padilla speaking on "Uranium Mining: Impacts & Community Resistance in Indian Country."
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The BLM Taos Field office is taking
comments regarding future management of the Rio Grande Del Norte until March 6, 2014. It's one thing to secure National Monument designa-
tion, it's another to make sure the management of the site is truly protective of wildlife and water, as well as view-sheds.
To learn more about the Water-Energy Nexus and what you need to know -- scroll down !
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Orilla Verde in Late Winter
AMIGOS BRAVOS FEBRUARY "WATER MATTERS" LECTURE: NADINE PADILLA
URANIUM MINING: IMPACTS & COMMUNITY RESISTANCE IN INDIAN COUNTRY
On the evening of Tuesday, February 18, at 5:30pm, at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, the Amigos Bravos "Water Matters" lecture will feature Nadine Padilla of the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (MASE). 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.
Nadine Padilla will speak about impacts of uranium mining on water resources in the Grants Mineral Belt, in the western part of New Mexico. She will cover past mining issues and community resistance to new mining projects. Padilla is Navajo and Pueblo from Bluewater Lake, NM. She first began working as a community organizer in 2006 with Sacred Alliances for Grassroots Equality (SAGE) Council. In addition to working on health and environmental justice issues with SAGE, she works with the Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment to stop new uranium development in order to protect sacred sites, water, and the health of communities. Padilla served as Field Organizer for the Navajo Nation, McKinley County, and Zuni Pueblo during the 2008 Obama Campaign. She is a graduate of Fort Lewis College, with degrees in Political Science and Sociology and she ha a graduate degree in communications through Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA.
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
COMMENTS DUE TO BLM REGARDING THE RIO GRANDE DEL NORTE NATIONAL MONUMENT PLAN
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Taos Field Office is accepting comments on the Río Grande del Norte National Monument Plan between now and March 6, 2014. 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.
Amigos Bravos encourages its members and the public to participate in this comment process.Watch for our Action Alerts! for more information and a sample letter.
For more information, please call 575-758-8851 or refer to the Monument website:
THE WATER-ENERGY NEXUS AND WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Understanding the relationship between water and energy production is becoming increasingly important in the southwest, where predictions of drought due to climate change are dire.
Water is used in every aspect of energy production. Thermoelectric power plants account for 53% of all fresh surface-water withdrawals. Hydroelectricity results in large volumes of water loss due to evaporation from the surface of reservoir water. Our nations current mix of "traditional" sources of energy, such as fossil fuels, hydroelectricity, and nuclear power, means that every kWh we use of electricity requires approximately 40 gallons of water. At minimum, the United States uses the equivalent of 520 billion kilowatt hours per year -- equivalent to 13% of the nation's total electricity use -- to pump, heat, and treat water. This is equal to the output of 150 typical coal-fired power plants! And, it is double what is generated by all of the nation's hydroelectric dams in one year.
The more energy we save, the easier it is to reduce the harmful effects of our greenhouse gas emissions. The more water we save, the easier it is to secure precious freshwater resources and maintain a healthy, climate-resilient environment. We can't eliminate all water-related energy use, of course, but we could reduce a great deal of it in just a few years through water conservation, efficiency and low impact development. We could reduce a great deal more of it over the next few decades if we begin now to replace many uses of treated drinking water with harvested rainwater or treated wastewater.
As we shift toward cleaner energy, some alternatives -- including biofuels and coal with carbon sequestration -- can significantly increase freshwater demands. Luckily, other clean energy technologies such as wind and photovoltaic solar power use virtually no water, which means clean air and healthy water in our communities.
This article is derived from River Network's Water Energy Nexus site. For more information, google River Network.
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!!!