Factory Farm Nation

2015 Edition From Food & Water Watch Manure from factory farms poses a significant risk to communities and the environment. According to the EPA, agriculture remains a major source of water pollution. And according to the GAO, “manure and wastewater from animal feeding operations … Continue reading

Confronting Climate Change in New Mexico

Action needed today to prepare the state for a hotter, drier future by the Union of Concerned Scientists New Mexico’s climate is getting hotter and drier, driven by regional and global warming trends. This means earlier springs, hotter summers, and less predictable winters. … Continue reading

Red Dust – Contamination in Northern New Mexico

A Soil Scientist’s Journey Through the Political Climate and Environmental Chemistry of Northern New Mexico by Morgan Drewniany Experiments were performed to investigate the presence of health-threatening contamination in the soils of a food producing community garden in the Pueblos … Continue reading

Clean Up the Barrick Gold/Homestake Uranium Mine

The EPA has documented serious health effects from the abandoned Barrick Gold/Homestake uranium mine and mill.  Nevertheless, plans to open the nation’s largest uranium mine in the same area north of Milan, New Mexico are continuing. Multiple permits are necessary to open the mine, but none … Continue reading

Living with the Homestake Uranium Tailings Pile

The Homestake-Barrick Gold 90-foot tailing pile looms over some 75 households. It is composed of two unlined piles holding about 22 million tons of processed uranium ore and covers 255 acres. These households are stuck with homes they can’t sell … Continue reading

Nuclear Free Zone Declaration for NW New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt

NUCLEAR FREE ZONE DECLARATION for the Northwest New Mexico/Grants Uranium Belt Uranium mining and milling activities in the Grants Uranium Belt of New Mexico form a critical link in the nuclear fuel chain that supplies nuclear power plants and nuclear … Continue reading

Complications–1938 Rio Grande Compact

The article “Compact Complications: Water Wars between Texas and New Mexico Are Nothing New–But the Times Are Changing” by Laura Paukus addresses drought, depleted groundwater levels and burgeoning populations affecting the already inter-state allocation of water from the Rio Grande, … Continue reading

Buckman Direct Diversion Project

A new map and an article,released by the Buckman Direct Diversion (BDD) Project, show how the San Juan and Chama Rivers are being diverted to meet the water consumption of Northwestern New Mexico. This diversion will provide more than half of the … Continue reading

Communities for Clean Water Conference Videos

The videos of the Communities for Clean Water Conference “Weaving Our Río Grande Communities Together” that took place on July 26 & 27, 2012 are available at: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/weavingcommunities. Groundwater Flows from Area G to the Buckman Projects If you have … Continue reading

LANL & Other North Central New Mexico Facilities

Nuclear weapons manufacturing, waste storage and disposal at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) as well as descriptions of the Cerro Grande and Las Conchas fires that burned parts of the Lab are described. Additional information on superfund sites including the Questa Mine, is also included. Continue reading

The Coal Cycle in Northwest New Mexico

The San Juan River Basin provides the majority of drinking water for the surrounding area. Surface water and groundwater are contaminated during the extraction of coal, its subsequent preparation and the disposal of mine waste if no mitigating measures are used. In New Mexico … Continue reading

Oil & Gas Contamination in New Mexico

Oil and Gas Industrial Contamination New Mexico ranks second in natural gas production and fifth in oil production within the U.S. During 2001, 69.9 million barrels of oil and 1.6 trillion cubic feet of natural gas were produced. There are 57 … Continue reading

Uranium Mining & Milling in Western New Mexico

Uranium Mining & Milling Regional aquifers, springs and small rivers provide water for this area. Groundwater and soil in the Churchrock area are threatened and contaminated. More uranium mining is being proposed in the Grants uranium-mining belt. Some of the corporations proposing new uranium … Continue reading