Water Resource Protection
Water management is one of the biggest problems we face in southwestern New Mexico. Our communities are dependent solely upon groundwater resources for our drinking water needs. With the specter of climate change and long-term drought, it is imperative that we determine how to use our water resources sustainably and create resilient water supply systems that will allow us to adapt to climate change impacts. Protecting our groundwater quality and implementing municipal and agricultural conservation are critical for stewarding our water resources over the long term.
By 2014, the region will need to decide how it intends to meet its water supply needs under the Arizona Water Settlements Act. At issue is whether we will spend over $300 million to divert Gila River water and sacrifice the health of the last free-flowing river in the state or if we will spend 16 times less to meet our water needs through cost-effective options like municipal and agricultural conservation or acquiring additional water rights and drilling new wells. Along with the Gila Conservation Coalition, GRIP promotes a common-sense approach to water management that meets our region’s future water needs while also protecting the Gila.
State regulators will be holding hearings on the Copper Flat Mine, located in Hillsboro, NM. New Mexico Copper Corporation has applied for a groundwater discharge permit from the NM Environment Department and a mining permit from the NM Mining and Minerals Division. The New Mexico Environment Department public hearing will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September […]
Silver City Watershed Keepers celebrates World Water Day Nature for Water in Silver City Events scheduled for March 22 and 24 On March 22 & 24, the Silver City Watershed Keepers in association with Stream Dynamics will hold a two-day event for World Water Day. World Water Day has been held on March 22nd annually, since its inception in […]
Martinez Administration wants to weaken water quality rules GRIP, Amigos Bravos, & NMELC challenge harmful rollbacks The New Mexico Environment Department has proposed amendments to the state’s water quality regulations that will weaken protections for our surface and groundwater. GRIP and Amigos Bravos, represented by the NM Environmental Law Center, have challenged these proposed changes, […]
Silver City Watershed Keepers hosts Big Ditch and San Vicente Creek Cleanup in Celebration of World Water Day In celebration of World Water Day, the Silver City Watershed Keepers will be hosting a clean-up event in Big Ditch Park on Saturday, March 25th at 9 am. Meet at 9 am in the Big Ditch Park […]
Martinez administration continues effort to roll back water quality protections and public participation
In a second round of proposed changes to surface water and groundwater quality regulations, the NM Environment Department has put forth additional language to weaken water quality safeguards for the benefit of polluters and limit opportunities for public participation in permitting processes. Additional new language relaxes the water quality standard for chromium and despite public […]
The latest issue of GRIP’s newsletter, GetAGRIP, is now available for download. If you are a GRIP member expect your copy in your mailbox soon. In this issue: Freeport-McMoRan fails financial soundness test NM Attorney General determines NM CAP Entity violated Open Meetings Act in Gila diversion discussions Back to square one: NM CAP Entity […]
NMED’s draft rules limit public participation and expand polluters’ ability to discharge above water quality standards Send in your comments to NMED by August 17 The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is in the process of revising statewide surface water and groundwater quality regulations for the state. Our colleagues at the NM Environmental Law Center have […]
Download the latest issue of GetAGRIP and find out more about the Little Rock Mine expansion, Freeport-McMoRan’s financial situation, Tyrone mine layoffs and the status on the Copper Rule. You’ll also get a preview of the 11th Annual Gila River Festival and the latest on the Arizona Water Settlements Act, Boston Hill […]
The Fall 2014 issue of GRIP’s quarterly newsletter GetAGRIP is now available on line. If you’re a GRIP member, expect a hard copy of the newsletter in your mailbox. Articles in this issue of GetAGRIP include: Freeport-McMoRan Mining Operations Plagued by Accidents, Safety Violations Interstate Stream Commission Moves Ahead with Diversion Project 10th Annual Gila […]
At the conclusion of a 10-year planning process geared toward developing water from New Mexico’s last wild river, no one was surprised when on Nov. 24 the nine-member Interstate Stream Commission voted unanimously to notify the U.S. Secretary of the Interior that New Mexico will move forward with planning for a Gila River diversion project […]