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By New Mexico Environmental Law Center Staff
For several years, the staff at the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) has weighed in on what we see as the most pressing environmental justice issues for the coming year. This year we reflect on how now, more than ever, we must stop doing business as usual and address profound environmental justice challenges in a way that centers community health and wellbeing rather than financial profits. Because of the profound responsibility we have to our current and future generations, we must do everything in our power to make the right decisions that will safeguard Mother Earth, uphold environmental justice, and ensure our children and their grandchildren have a liveable future.
In December 2022, more than 250 people gathered at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M. and online for the New Mexico Acequia Association’s (NMAA) annual meeting of mayordomos (acequia stewards), parciantes (water rights holders) and advocates for the 600-plus historic irrigation channels that make agriculture and traditional culture possible.
There was an early-morning procession of farmers, palas (shovels) in hand, from the Gallinas River. After the Bendición de las Aguas (Blessing of the Waters), where water from acequias across the state was put in a large ceramic pot, U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján, U.S. Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández, State Sen. Pete Campos, State Engineer Mike Hamman and State Auditor Joseph Maestas delivered remarks.
By Kimberly Smith
Nihi Ké’ Baa’ (NKB) is a collective of grassroots Diné organizers working to remediate our homelands and create a healthy, sustainable and viable future rooted in ancestral knowledge. Our mission is to build sustainable infrastructure while healing our land and bodies through reclaiming Indigenous autonomy and ancestral lifeways. Our goals focus on comprehensive healthful solutions to the intersecting problems of: climate change, poisoning of land and people by extractive industries and lack of healthy food access, shortage of housing and cultural hubs for traditional wisdom reclamation and ceremony, lack of infrastructure essential for mutual aid and healthy community networks...
Join us for our annual joint City/County Water Conservation Event
. Learn from national and local water professionals
. Get updates from your elected officials on local issues
. Participate in fun, hands-on outdoor water conservation community tours
* CITY & COUNTY RESIDENTS CAN ATTEND THE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE FOR FREE!
COMMUNITY TOURS - SATURDAY, JUNE 17
WATER CONSERVATION OFFICE DEMONSTRATION GARDENS
. Native plant and pollinator gardens
. Cactus garden installed by the Cactus Rescue Project
. Giveaways (located across parking lot from Midtown Bistro off San Mateo Road)
SANTA FE COMMUNITY COLLEGE TRADES & ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CENTER (TATC)
. Aquaponic & Hydroponic production systems
. Rainwater collection and delivery system
. Phyn smart water meters
. Agal technologies (location: southeast end of campus. For info call 303-579-1543)
9 - 11AM
12 - 2PM
RAIN GARDEN TOUR
. Outdoor, on-site visit of 3 different phases of rain gardens in an urban environment led by Reese Baker.
. Each of the rain gardens utilize zuni bowl infiltration basins, edible and wildlife/pollinator attracting plant species, with grasses and fungi for bioremediation of petroleum by-products, pesticides, microplastics, and more.
. (visit savewatersantafe.com/NGWS for location and topic specific details)
3 - 5PM
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