Result

EPA announces plan to protect our waters.

After thousands of members of Environment New Mexico and our sister organizations urged the Environmental Protection Agency to act, Administrator Jackson announced a plan to restore Clean Water Act protections. We’ve since delivered more than 100,000 public comments in support of clean water protections. We need your help to make sure the public’s voice is heard above the din of corporate lobbyists and special interests. 

Result

We helped win permanent protection for Rio Grande del Norte

At our urging, President Obama permanently protected a pristine region known as Rio Grande del Norte near Taos by designating the area a national monument.  This region, which is known for diverse wildlife and incredible mountain scenery, is now permanently protected from development. 

Result

No toxic mining near the Grand Canyon

One million acres of land on the Grand Canyon’s borders are off-limits to new uranium mining claims for 20 years – the maximum allowed by law – thanks in part to Environment New Mexico and our members. Together with our national federation, we helped deliver more than 300,000 public comments, lobbied on Capitol Hill and released research that helped convince Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to protect the Grand Canyon from new toxic mining claims.

Result

We're defending Otero Mesa

When we discovered in 2011 that 180 hardrock mining claims threaten Otero Mesa’s wild grasslands, we sounded the alarm and mobilized 7,500 New Mexicans to urge President Obama to save Otero Mesa by designating it as a national monument. Together, we can convince the president to protect this rare Chihuhuan desert landscape, its 1,000 native species and the untapped freshwater aquifer it holds.

Result

Less toxic mercury in our water, air and bodies

In conjunction with our national federation, we helped persuade the Environmental Protection Agency to require that coal-fired powerplants like Cochise, near Farmington, cut the amount of toxic mercury they emit by 90% -- a big victory given mercury’s toxic effects on pregnant women and small children. We helped deliver a record-breaking 800,000 public comments –- and counting –- in support of the new rule.

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