Location: Gila River
Opposing Parties: Bureau of Reclamation
Initiation Date: July 2009
Clients/Partners: Gila Conservation Coalition
Attorneys: Bruce Frederick
Investigate options open to the State of New Mexico concerning water projects on the Gila River under the Arizona Water Settlements Act.
The project was permitted by the state in 2002. Three years later, the EPA agreed to investigate Reade’s claims. Then: silence, for nine years… Environmental injustice “definitely exists in New Mexico,” Meiklejohn said. “It’s an issue because the state laws and state regulations don’t protect politically powerless people.” NBCNews.com
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The lawsuit was filed by Meiklejohn in the New Mexico Second Judicial District Court on behalf of the SouthWest Organizing Project, the New Mexico Health Equity Working Group, the Pajarito Village Association, and three individuals. Those that filed the lawsuit argue the two commissioners had already made up their minds on approving Santolina before a vote, which they say violated the county’s due process requirements. Albuquerque Business First
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“I look for the places in between whether I have a month, a day, or a minute…, I find wilderness.” Craig Childs
SANTA FE, N.M.— Join the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) when it hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival with special guest speaker, Southwest author and naturalist Craig Childs. Childs will give a live presentation to NMELC members and introduce his short film The Story of Place at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, September 12, 2015.
In his members-only presentation, Ghost Water, Childs will take us on a journey through time and water, unfolding the land around us to look inside and find the one element we all need.
“Water is the most elusive and crucial element we have,” says Childs. “Water flows through everything. You might not be able to see it, but it’s written all around you in every cottonwood and arroyo. It’s a ghost, and you have to honor your ghosts.”
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival returns to Santa Fe!
SANTA FE, N.M.— Join the New Mexico Environmental Law Center (NMELC) when it hosts the Wild & Scenic Film Festival Tour in its 2nd Annual showing at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market Pavilion on the evening of Saturday, September 12, 2015.
One of the nation’s premiere environmental and adventure film festivals, Wild & Scenic films combine stellar film making, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite. Explore solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.
This year our Special Guest is author, Craig Childs, who will give a presentation to NMELC members prior to the films.