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2:50 pm
Tue April 3, 2012

Augustin Plains "Water Grab" Denied

The State Engineer has denied an application to pump 54-thousand acre feet of water per year from an aquifer west of Socorro.  That's about half of Albuquerque's annual water use.

The application was submitted by Augustin Plains Ranch, LLC in 2007 and quickly met with resistance from over a thousand stakeholders, including the Interstate Stream Commission, the state Department of Game and Fish and several Pueblos.

Still the process was allowed to move forward for years…until a hearing examiner heard arguments on a motion to dismiss in February.  

The Conservation Beat
6:43 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Las Vegas Passes Ban on Drilling

Last night, Las Vegas, New Mexico became the first municipality in the Southwest to enact a local bill of rights banning all forms of oil and natural gas drilling in the city and its watershed.

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The Conservation Beat
3:21 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

NM Teen Sues State to Limit Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Not too many teenagers have the option to write a college essay entitled “How I Sued the Governor.” But Akilah Sanders-Reed, from Sandia Park, is not like most teenagers.

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The Conservation Beat
3:45 pm
Thu March 29, 2012

Toxic Chemicals Dumped in NM Waterways

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A new report from Environment New Mexico finds that thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals were dumped into state waterways by industry in 2010. 

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The Conservation Beat
7:51 am
Thu March 29, 2012

San Juan Coal Plant Settles with Sierra Club Over Alleged Water Pollution

Owners of the San Juan Generating Station and San Juan Coal Company have reached a settlement with the Sierra Club over allegations of water contamination from coal ash waste.

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The Conservation Beat
9:25 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Chuck Marohn on the End of Suburbia

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As Albuquerque is mired in debate over a proposal to improve the I-25/Paseo del Norte interchange, local leaders have been hearing from a visitor with some different ideas about infrastructure and development.  Chuck Marohn with the Minnesota-based organization Strong Towns, is an engineer and planner with a growing national audience.

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The Conservation Beat
9:23 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Coalition Pushing for Columbine-Hondo Wilderness Designation

For the last several years a diverse coalition has been working quietly to lay the groundwork for a new Wilderness Area near Taos.  With New Mexico’s senior Senator and long-time wilderness advocate, Jeff Bingaman, set to retire soon, the group recently took its campaign public.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard headed north to find out more.

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The Conservation Beat
4:09 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Frog Gets Help from Feds

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has designated about 10,000 acres in New Mexico and Arizona as critical habitat for the threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frog.

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The Conservation Beat
4:42 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Goodbye Emissions Cap...for Now

New Mexico regulators have voted to scrap a rule that would have forced major polluters to reduce greenhouse gas emissions starting next year.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
8:19 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Emissons Cap Decision Expected Today

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The state Environmental Improvement Board will decide the fate of a rule that aims to reduce carbon emissions from large polluters.

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The Conservation Beat
8:11 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Valles Caldera Trustees: 'Landscape on the Mend'

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Trustees of the Valles Caldera National Preserve held their spring meeting today and expressed optimism about the ecosystem’s recovery after last summer’s Las Conchas fire. KUNM’s Carrie Jung has more.

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1:33 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Beyond Newspaper...What's Next for Recycling in New Mexico

Graph from Albuquerque's Integrated Waste Management Plan showing unrealized potential for recycling, based on 2008 numbers

Thu 3/15 8am: When it comes to recycling in New Mexico, there is nowhere to go but up. And that’s the plan! Major efforts are underway to improve the state’s recycling rate, but what will it take to get us caught up with the rest of the nation?  What would it take to get YOU in the recycling spirit?

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Find out where to recycle almost anything here.

Albuquerque's Open Space Visitor's Center will be hosting a Recycled Art Fair on April 21.  More info here.

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The Conservation Beat
9:36 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Youth Activists Subject of Santa Fe Mural

Several of Santa Fe’s youngest environmental activists are featured in a new 120 foot mural at the city’s Warehouse 21 teen arts center.

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The Conservation Beat
11:21 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Taos Ski Valley Gets a D on Sustainability Report Card

On a recent sustainability report card, Taos Ski Valley earned one of the worst scores in the western United States. But as KUNM’s Carrie Jung reports, it’s a grade that resort managers say only paints part of the picture.

The Conservation Beat
10:27 am
Mon March 12, 2012

UNM Golf Course Could be Preserved Under Bern Co Deal

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At its meeting Tuesday, the Bernalillo County Commission is scheduled to consider putting 1.5 million dollars of open space funding toward preserving UNM’s north golf course for the next 25 years.

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The Conservation Beat
5:44 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Price's Dairy Refuge Could Benefit from Senate Vote

An amendment to the federal transportation bill could help secure the future of a proposed Wildlife Refuge in Albuquerque.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
3:19 pm
Mon March 5, 2012

Shoring Up Septic Systems in Bernalillo County

The Bernalillo County Commission will consider a proposal to require inspections of aging septic systems next week.  The commission scrapped one ordinance last year that would have required all older systems to be replaced by 2015. Advocates of the new measure say it’s a reasonable compromise.  But opponents say it’s just unfair.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

Find a scedule of public meetings on this issue here.

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The Conservation Beat
12:04 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

ISC Moves Gila Proposals Forward

Advocates for a free-flowing Gila River are breathing a sigh of relief this week...though their fight is not over.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard explains.

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The Conservation Beat
3:32 pm
Thu March 1, 2012

Bingaman Pushes Market-Based Approach to Clean Energy

New Mexico Senator Jeff Bingaman has introduced a bill that sets a national standard for the clean generation of electricity.  KUNM's Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
3:23 pm
Wed February 29, 2012

PNM Profits Incite Activists

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New Mexico’s largest electric utility released numbers today showing a 25 percent increase in earnings from 2010 to 2011.  Environmentalists say those profits are just one more reflection of PNM’s misplaced priorities.

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The Conservation Beat
3:27 pm
Tue February 28, 2012

Fighting Fire With Fire in New Mexico

This is the general area where the Las Conchas fire started.

Fire scientists and land managers from across the Southwest are gathered in Santa Fe this week to talk about last year’s record-breaking wildfire season and how to prepare for what’s ahead.  

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The Conservation Beat
3:00 pm
Thu February 23, 2012

Albuquerque's Recycling Pilot Program Grows

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Albuquerque is tripling the size of its automated recycling program.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains what that means.

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The Conservation Beat
9:34 am
Thu February 23, 2012

Wildlife Debate: Would Otters Help or Hurt Fish in the Gila...

Today, the New Mexico Game Commission will vote on whether to reconsider a planned release of river otters into the Gila River.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
9:27 am
Thu February 23, 2012

...Especially Now That Two More Species are Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reclassified two fish found in New Mexico and Arizona as “endangered.”  The Spikedace and Loach Minnow were previously considered “threatened.”

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The Conservation Beat
10:42 am
Wed February 22, 2012

A Remembrance of Xeriscape Advocate Scott Varner

The Xeriscape Council of New Mexico holds its annual Water Conservation Conference and Expo starting Thursday.  This year, the event is dedicated to a man who worked for decades to transform Albuquerque into a more water conscious place.  KUNM's Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard has this remembrance.

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The Conservation Beat
4:51 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Poison Kills Four Out of Five Wolves Reintroduced in Mexico

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A push to reintroduce endangered wolves to an area just south of the US border is off to a rocky start.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains.

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The Conservation Beat
9:51 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Access to Recycling Jumps in NM

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A recent analysis by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition shows that access to recycling has nearly doubled in the last four years.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard has more.

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The Conservation Beat
10:01 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Bernalillo County Considers Mandatory Septic System Inspections

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The Bernalillo County Commission is holding a series of public meetings, including one tonight, on a proposal to require inspection of aging septic systems.

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The Conservation Beat
5:40 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Judge Says State Commission Can't Reconsider Pit Rule...Yet

Environmentalists appear to have won a round in continued sparring over New Mexico’s so-called pit rule.  KUNM’s Sidsel Overgaard reports.

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The Conservation Beat
5:21 pm
Tue February 14, 2012

Forest Service Sues Otero County and State

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For the first time, a New Mexico county is putting to the test a state law passed in 2001…and federal authorities are responding with a lawsuit.  KUNM’s Conservation Beat reporter Sidsel Overgaard explains.

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