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About the Southern New Mexico Group

The Southern New Mexico Group of the Rio Grande Chapter includes dedicated activists and members across the southern half of New Mexico, working to protect our land, water, and air resources for this and future generations. Top priorities include protecting special places like the Organ Mountains ­Desert Peaks National Monument and Otero Mesa, as well as advocacy for wildlife, like the endangered Mexican Grey Wolf.

Contact Us

P.O. Box 735
Mesilla, NM, 88046

Chair: Howie Dash, howiedash@aol.com(575) 652-7550

Header photo by Patrick Alexander

Southern New Mexico news

Opposed by Texas, border nuke site still gets NRC permit

Opposed by Texas, border nuke site still gets NRC permit
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved the WCS/ISP high-level “temporary” storage for used fuel rods from commercial nuclear reactors. These fuel cores remain extremely radioactive for a million years, despite objections from both Texas and New Mexico governors. This site ... Read More

NM dairy agrees to pollution-cleanup plan

NM dairy agrees to pollution-cleanup plan
After two years of negotiations, Del Oro Dairy in Anthony, NM, has agreed to several modifications to its original plan to capture polluted shallow groundwater from beneath its facility.  This revised plan is the culmination of efforts between  the New ... Read More

Community secures health, climate concessions on Newman 6

Community secures health, climate concessions on Newman 6
On August 17, the Chaparral Coalition for Community Health and the Environment, the Sierra Club, and Earthworks (the Community Groups) reached an agreement with El Paso Electric (EPE) that will substantially reduce air pollution in El Paso and southern New ... Read More

What it’s like to live in an industry sacrifice zone

What it's like to live in an industry sacrifice zone
Some people call it economic diversity for Lea County, N.M. I recall the days when I would see a calm and dry desert scene common in this area, with cows and the occasional coyote or rabbit. Now I see red ... Read More