It’s been an exciting year for GRIP as we’ve welcomed new staff and taken on new projects, ensuring that our important work to protect our environment and natural resources in southwest New Mexico continues.
Find out more about these projects and our retiring and new staff in this latest edition of GetAGRIP.
Thanks to your support, GRIP has kept the pressure on to hold Freeport-McMoRan accountable for impacts to neighbors, groundwater supplies, noise, light trespass, and air quality from its proposed Emma Expansion Project, a new open pit at the Tyrone Mine. We’re pushing state agencies to require implementation of best management practices that assure protection of human health and safety, the environment, and wildlife.
Through a successful partnership with the Town of Silver City and New Mexico Clean and Beautiful, GRIP’s Silver City Watershed Keepers have coordinated the Pick It Up – Toss No Mas anti-litter campaign that has engaged 400 volunteers in collection of trash and recyclables from Silver City’s roads and waterways.
GRIP has also partnered with the Town of Silver City and other community organizations, businesses, and state and private funders on restoring San Vicente Creek and revitalizing and building the climate resilience of Big Ditch Park.
As we look to next year’s agenda, we hope you’ll join us in our efforts to protect our environment, communities, and water resources from a variety of challenges.
Because clean water supplies are threatened by aridification due to climate change, it’s critical that GRIP continue to provide public oversight to protect our communities from the mining industry, the nation’s top water polluter.
The Silver City Watershed Keepers will build upon its successful efforts to monitor and steward the Silver City watershed, including year two of the Nature Discovery Summer Camp for 4th through 6th graders funded by the New Mexico Outdoor Equity Fund.
With our partners in the Gila Conservation Coalition, we are tracking allocation of NM Unit Funds to water projects in southwest New Mexico to ensure that funding is used for water projects that will build water supply resilience rather than a harmful diversion project.
With the release of the environmental impact statement in fall 2023, GRIP and its conservation partners will be ready to respond to oppose the Air Force’s proposal for low-level supersonic flights over southwest New Mexico and southern Arizona, threatening our communities, local economies, and the Gila Wilderness.
Thank you for your generous support of GRIP! Without you, we could not do this important work.
Please consider an end-of-year gift to GRIP to continue our efforts to protect our land, air, water and communities!