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 […]
Wasteful mining practices, a lack of water conservation efforts, and poorly regulated growth and development threaten the sustainability of the Mimbres Basin and Upper Gila Basin Aquifers.
Living on the edge of the Chihuahua desert, we cannot afford such a casual attitude toward groundwater. GRIP participates in regional water planning and watershed protection efforts, advocating for sustainable use of our groundwater resources and protection of groundwater quality.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]