September 2022 E-News
RESPONSIBLE MINING
Submit your comments on the Emma Expansion Project by September 15
Mining giant Freeport-McMoRan proposes to construct a new open pit at the Tyrone mine. Called the Emma Expansion Project, the "new unit" will cover approximately 337 acres of disturbance, including construction of an open pit 550 – 600 feet deep, haul road, and waste rock stockpiles that will contaminate groundwater, draw down groundwater levels affecting domestic wells, create a toxic pit lake threatening wildlife, and cause nuisance lighting, noise and fugitive dust problems for nearby residents.

Tell the New Mexico Mining and Minerals Division that Freeport-McMoRan must use the most appropriate technology and follow best management practices at the Emma Project to assure protection of human health and safety, the environment, and wildlife.
Tyrone Mine - Emma Expansion Project permit boundary outlined in black. Proposed open pit outlined in yellow.
GRIP submits comments to Biden Administration on mining reform
With the renewable energy transition fueling increased demand for critical minerals, the Biden Administration and Congress are trying to modernize mining laws and regulations.

Without mining reform, the public will continue to lose billions of dollars in royalty payments for minerals extracted from public lands, bear the cost of cleanup of abandoned mines, and our environment, public health, and special and sacred places will not be adequately protected due to the lack of modern regulation of mining on federal public lands.

In addition to signing onto comprehensive comments from Tribes and conservation organizations, GRIP and its New Mexico Mining Act Network partner Amigos Bravos submitted additional comments to the Biden Administration on needed reforms to how mining is regulated on federal public lands.
Groups oppose dirty side deal to the Inflation Reduction Act
GRIP was one of 161 conservation and social justice organizations that signed onto a letter sent yesterday to members of Congress opposing the industry-give away “side deal” demanded by Senator Manchin as part of the recently passed Inflation Reduction Act. The signatories highlighted concerns over the human and environmental impacts from reckless hardrock mining and processing the side deal would cause. The letter is unequivocally clear that this side deal must be rejected in its entirety as well as any other legislation that weakens our core environmental laws, undermines the cause of environmental justice, or further benefits fossil fuel and mining industries.
Photo: Continental Pit at the Cobre Mine, GRIP
OTHER NEWS
Silver City Watershed Keepers receive Outdoor Equity Fund grant for summer camp program
We're excited to report that GRIP's Silver City Watershed Keepers was awarded a second year of funding from the New Mexico Outdoor Recreation Division's Outdoor Equity Fund for its Nature Discovery Summer Camp piloted this past summer. The camp provides an underserved population of youth a week-long outdoor experience in their local watershed, public lands, and community to empower stewardship of their environment and cultural heritage. 
Gila River Festival on Earth Matters
Want to get a preview of this year's Gila River Festival? Check out the Earth Matters interview with Gila Native Plant Society's Don Graves who will be leading a trip to Signal Peak to discuss larval pollinators and local host plants. Listen here.  

Earth Matters also talked to hydrogeologist Dylan Duvergé about his Hydrology Matters field trip and biochemist and naturalist Ron Parry about his Butterflies of the Gila hike. Listen here.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Pick It Up - Toss No Mas to celebrate World Cleanup Day
Join the anti-litter program Pick it Up – Toss No Mas for World Cleanup Day on September 17. World Cleanup Day unites millions of volunteers, governments and organizations in 191 countries to tackle the global waste problem and build a sustainable world. 
 
Meet the Pick It Up – Toss No Mas team in the Gough Park parking lot at 9 am on Saturday, September 17th and pick up trash bags, gloves, trash pickers and snacks for World Cleanup Day.
 
Volunteers will spend the morning cleaning up litter at a location of their choice and then return to Gough Park between 11 am and noon to drop off trash and recyclables and record their cleanup results. The New Mexico Department of Transportation will collect the trash and haul it to the landfill. Recyclables will be collected and recycled with Silver City Recycles.
18th Annual Gila River Festival kicks off next week!
The 18th annual Gila River Festival kicks off next week with Nuevomexicana writer and biologist Leeanna Torres' keynote address on Thursday, September 22, at 6 pm in the WNMU Global Resource Center Auditorium.

Leeanna will speak to the space/place of New Mexico’s Gila River from a very personal perspective, not only exploring the way the river shaped her identity, but also what new perspectives she will have as she returns to the Gila, now older and within a new journey and role as a mother. She will also contemplate her young son's future relationship to the Gila in the context of climate change.

On Friday night, September 23, “One River, Many People”, a panel discussion with Archaeology Southwest's Tribal Outreach Fellow Skylar Begay, Gila River Indian Community historic preservation officer Barnaby Lewis, Fort Sill Apache Tribal Chairwoman Lori Gooday Ware and moderated by Diné Park Ranger and Interpreter Alex Mares, will examine the indigenous connections to the Gila River from its headwaters in New Mexico to the Great Bend of the Gila in southwest Arizona.
Designed to foster a deeper understanding of the Gila River, the festival offers a variety of field trips, such as birding, butterflies, fly fishing, and tours at the Mimbres Culture Heritage Site and of a replica of a 14th century adobe structure with Archaeology Southwest.

The festival will close on Sunday, September 25 at the Iron Bridge Preserve with a river blessing – “One River: Many Faiths, Many Cultures, Many Voices” – with Indigenous elders, faith leaders from different traditions, and local poets.
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