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Support the Preservation of New Mexico!

Support the Preservation of New Mexico!

Enjoy our southwest natural heritage every day! Hang one of these sublime photos by photographer Jan Bartelstone in your office or home. For a $150 donation to the Rio Grande Chapter, you can choose one of these 6 musuem quality, exclusive limited edition prints ... Read More

New Mexico needs strong methane safeguards

New Mexico needs strong methane safeguards

New Mexico has a methane waste and pollution problem – it’s costing our schools millions in revenue, ruining our air and harming our climate for future generations. Sign our petition to request strong climate-saving methane safeguards in New Mexico.  Methane is a powerful climate-change pollutant responsible for 25 percent of the warming we experience today. It is also the primary component of natural gas and a valuable energy resource. Each year in New Mexico, oil and gas companies waste $275 million worth of natural gas through venting, flaring and leaks that cost the state more than $40 million in royalties ... Read More

Greater Chaco Coalition responds to Congressional visit on oil and gas impacts

Greater Chaco Coalition responds to Congressional visit on oil and gas impacts

Members of the Congressional House Natural Resources Committee visited New Mexico from April 13 to 15 to learn more about the negative impacts of oil and gas drilling on sacred sites and air quality, especially in the Greater Chaco region of northwest New Mexico ... Read More

Gila named America’s Most Endangered River

Gila River, photo by Alan Stark

On April 16, American Rivers named the Gila No. 1 on the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers of 2019. New Mexico’s last free-flowing wild river, the Gila, is threatened by a diversion project that could suck the river dry. The Gila is a prime example of how climate change is impacting our rivers and water supplies and how the decisions we make will impact our communities – for better or worse – for generations to come. It’s why American Rivers is naming the Gila #1 on the list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers® of 2019. The proposed diversion simply doesn’t make sense ... Read More

2019 Legislative Roundup

2019 Legislative Roundup

It was a notable - and in a few cases, heartbreaking - legislative session. Celebrate our wins and keep up the good work! ... Read More

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec Nuclear Waste Storage Proposal

Holtec International has a controversial plan to store up to 100,000 tons of the nation’s most dangerous nuclear-reactor waste, for as long as 120 years, at a site between Hobbs and Carlsbad. More than 10,000 rail cars of high-level radioactive waste will be dumped on New Mexico if this project is approved. Opponents are concerned about the health, safety, transportation, financial, and environmental-justice aspects of storing high-level radioactive waste that would impact thousands of generations to come ... Read More

Rio Grande Chapter

The Rio Grande Chapter of the Sierra Club is a volunteer-led organization representing  more than 10,000 members in New Mexico and West Texas. Our mission to is to explore, enjoy and protect the planet, and we prioritize action on protecting our climate, clean air, clean water, and conservation of wildlife and public lands in New Mexico and West Texas.


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