E-Currents

SEPTEMBER, 2015

Rachel Conn
Rachel Conn, 
Interim Executive Director 

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Cisco Guevara, 2015
Cisco Guevara, 
President of the Board of Directors

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Contact Info

Amigos Bravos
P. O. Box 238
105-A Quesnel St.
Taos, NM 87571
575-758-3874

www.amigosbravos.org


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Shannon Romeling
Shannon Romeling, Projects & Foundation Coordinator


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regarding all aspects
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Snowflower Romero
Snowflower Romero, Membership Assistant


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preservation
of the cultural and
ecological richness
of 
New Mexico's
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Peggy Nelson
Peggy Nelson,
Vice President of the Board of Directors

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Christian LeJeune
Christian LeJeune, 
Urban Waters Coordinator

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YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED TO HELP PROTECT NEW MEXICO'S RIVERS!
 
Industry interests are pushing for weaker water quality standards. We need your voice to help counter their dirty water proposals!


PLEASE ATTEND THE HEARING AND GIVE COMMENTS IN SUPPORT OF 
CLEAN WATER! 

Hearing Dates: October 13-15th
Location: Room 307, NM State Capital Building, 
Santa Fe (490 Old Santa Fe Trail)
Public Comment Time: 11:30am and 4:30pm each day

ISSUES: 

Ephemeral and intermittent streams at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL)
Ephemeral and intermittent streams (streams that don't flow year round) at LANL have weaker standards than other ephemeral and intermittent streams across the state. We are trying to change this. We need members of the public to testify in support of strong water quality standards for streams on the Parajito Plateau that flow through LANL, then feed into the Rio Grande. Both Santa Fe and Albuquerque divert drinking water from the Rio Grande downstream from those tributaries, so it is essential that these waters are adequately protected. Please ask the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission to better protect the ephemeral and intermittent waters at LANL. 

Stronger Aluminum Standard Needed
Several years ago New Mexico's Aluminum standard was weakened in response to a proposal from the mining industry. Amigos Bravos, during this current hearing process, has proposed to return to the previous, more protective standard. With the help of a toxicologist, Amigos Bravos has submitted evidence that the current standard is not protective of fish and other aquatic life. Please ask the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission to adopt a more protective Aluminum standard. 

Temporary Standards Proposal
A proposal is being put forth to allow polluters to apply for weaker standards in the waters into which they discharge. We need the public to speak up against this proposal. Please ask the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission to reject the temporary standards proposal, or, at the very least, to ensure temporary standards don't apply to new discharges. 

Small Ponds Need Protections
Industry is proposing a weakening of standards for small ponds and wetlands. Small ponds and wetlands are often found in the headwaters of our rivers and help deliver clean water to downstream users. Allowing pollution in our headwater systems will impact communities downstream. Downstream users depend on this water for drinking, irrigation, and recreation. Please ask the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission to reject the proposal to weaken standards for small ponds and wetlands. 

Please watch for future Action Alerts and E-Currents for more information about how you can provide your comments at the New Mexico Triennial Review of Water Quality Standards - October 13-15th. For more information on the hearing and possibly carpooling opportunities, contact Amigos Bravos at 575-758-3874. 


ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF WATER SAMPLING COMES TO A CLOSE

Amigos Bravos and Sentinels Rios de Taos joined together for our 9th year sampling Taos Area rivers and streams. To download water quality reports and sampling results go to:  http://amigosbravos.org/on-the-ground-restoration

Volunteers and Amigos Bravos Projects and Foundation Coordinator Shannon Romeling collect samples on the Rio Fernando. 

2015 CHALLENGE MATCH CAMPAIGN
ONE WEEK LEFT  
$2,005 REMAINING TO RAISE

A one-time challenge gift of $13,500 has been set up through the commitment and generosity of the Board of Directors and an anonymous group of families and individuals, each of whom has a long history of supporting the work of Amigos Bravos. To make this challenge a reality, all contributions of up to $300 per individual (or $600 per couple) will be matched dollar for dollar until San Geronimo Day (September 30th). Your gift will be doubled! 

To donate click here: http://amigosbravos.org/campaign

  
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