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July/August 2016

Greetings from Staff at Amigos Bravos









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Upcoming Events

Protect and Restore Mountain Wetlands! 
Wetlands and Private Lands Workshop 

Saturday, September,  24th, 2016
10:00 AM -1:30 PM

RSVP to rconn@amigosbravos.org


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Amigos Bravos has been protecting the waters of New Mexico for 28 years! To celebrate, when you donate to Amigos Bravos in September, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar! Click here to donate - Thank you for taking up the Challenge of protecting our water!

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Amigos Bravos' Office

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

www.amigosbravos.org

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State Supreme Court Schedules Oral Arguments in the "Copper Rule" Case 

The state Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in the "Copper Rule" case for September 28, 2016.



The Copper Mine Rule has been a center of controversy within the state - opponents warning that that the Rule violates the state Water Quality Act by allowing extensive ground water contamination. The Copper Rule is a regulation adopted by the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to regulate groundwater contamination by the copper mining industry. It is the first regulation since the state's adoption of its Water Quality Act in 1967 that allows an entire industry to intentionally pollute groundwater. If not overturned, the Copper Rule could set dangerous policy precedent for hundreds of other facilities that may pollute ground water in New Mexico, including wastewater treatment plants, national laboratories and manufacturing facilities.

Amigos Bravos is an appellant in the case, along with Th e Gila Resources Information Project (GRIP), Turner Ranch Properties, William Olson, former Groundwater Bureau Chief of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED), and The New Mexico Attorney General.

For more information on the "Copper Rule," visit the New Mexico Environmental Law Center webpage here. 




Amigos Bravos Prepared Comments on
Proposed Changes to  Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations

The New Mexico Environment Department's Ground Water Quality Bureau (GWQB) released a draft of proposed changes to the Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations (20.6.2 NMAC). Amigos Bravos submitted comments on the proposed rule revisions. The comment period on the initial draft has ended. A revised draft will be available for an additional comment period. GWQB is also hosting public listening sessions regarding the draft rule revisions in Albuquerque and Las Cruces. 

Please consider attending one of the scheduled meetings below.

Las Cruces

September 20, 2016 
5:30 - 7:30 PM

NMSU Environmental Health & Safety Offices

Academic Research C, 
Room 110
1620 Standley Drive, Las Cruces

Albuquerque

September 22, 2016 
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Erna Fergusson Library Meeting Room

3700 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque



Work to Investigate E. coli Contamination in 
Rio Fernando de Taos Continues

Amigos Bravos continues the work to create a Watershed Based Plan to address E. coli contamination in the Rio Fernando de Taos. 
  
Come join us for future public water quality monitoring trainings. Community members can attend FREE trainings that will equip them to use basic water sampling equipment to measure pH, temperature, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, and flow rate. Trained volunteers will be able to assist in the next 2 years of water quality sampling on the Rio Fernando that will be used to create a Watershed Based Plan for this impaired river. All are welcome! Please contact Shannon Romeling for more information about upcoming events and trainings. She can be reached by Email at s romeling@amigosbravos.org or telephone at (575)758-3874.



Amigos Bravos Partners on Second Phase of Restoration Project at Midnight Meadows

 
Amigos Bravos and the Albuquerque Wildlife Federation (AWF) teamed up again to host a weekend-long volunteer project, August 19-21, 2016, at Midnight Meadows in the Carson National Forest near Questa, NM. Volunteers from both groups spent the weekend working to improve the integrity of streams and wetlands in the area through repairs and new additions to enclosure fencing. Through the hard work of AWF and Amigos Bravos volunteers and support from the US Forest Service, the second phase of restoration work in the Midnight Meadows was completed.

Volunteers during Midnight Meadows restoration weekend on August 19 - 21, 2016
  
Art Vollmer, volunteer with Trout Unlimited and 
Joe Zupan, Executive Director with Amigos Bravos


This year, 25 volunteers rallied to support the on-the-ground restoration project. One of the volunteers was a Patagonia employee participating in  the Environmental Internship Program. The program allows employees from all parts of the company to take up to two months away from their regular roles to work for an environmental group of their choice while continuing to earn their paycheck and benefits. Keep reading to learn about her experience of the work to protect our mountain wetlands. Check out our webpage to learn more about our wetland gem project - http://amigosbravos.org/on-the-ground-restoration.


Hello amigos,
My name is Kourtney Morgan and I am a Patagonia employee interning with Amigos Bravos.

The restoration Project at Midnight meadows was so very rewarding on many levels. P hysically and spiritually, there is nothing like tearing down and putting up fence at 10,000 feet to make you feel like a rock star!  And to know it is for the good of the watershed and everything down stream, gives ones self a sense of purpose.

To spend time in our forest working side by side with a group of passionate enthusiastic folks, I found that not only did we help the restoration project o f the Midnight Meadows wetland gem but also I found that we left feeling restored ourselves. Don't wait until you retire to volunteer,  put it on your bucket list now.

Kourtney Morgan,  Patagonia employee  participating in the 
Environmental Internship Program


Celebrate With Us - We turn 28! The 2016 Challenge Match runs for the month of September until San Geronimo Day!

Thanks to the Challenge gift of $14,000 by an anonymous major donor, we will be able to match dollar-for-dollar, up to $300 per individual and $600 per couple, through September 30! Please help us raise the matching $14,000 to celebrate our 28 years of service by sending your donation today!  We appreciate your support - Join the Challenge to protect water across New Mexico!

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