New Mexico is rich in iconic waterways that support multi-generational acequias, wetlands, lakes, and reservoirs critical for agriculture, wildlife habitat, drinking water supplies, and our growing outdoor recreation economy. All of this is under threat by the federal Navigable Waters Protection Rule, also known as the 2020 Dirty Water Rule.
The Dirty Water Rule, combined with previous reductions of protections at the federal level in 2001 and 2006, negatively impacts New Mexico more than any state in the nation, leaving more than 90% of New Mexico's waters unprotected by the federal Clean Water Act. Also, New Mexico is one of only three states that does not have a state program to control the discharge of contaminants into state waters, previously managed federally under the Clean Water Act.
Making matters worse, New Mexico is experiencing its most severe drought on record. As we head into a dry, hot summer, the need for a robust state program to responsibly manage our waterways has never been greater.We all depend on the protection of New Mexico's waters for our health and livelihoods. Sign our petition to urge your state legislators to work with the Lujan Grisham Administration on a well-funded state water program to protect New Mexico's future.