This is the stunning, unique and precious Rio Chama Watershed, New Mexico

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Who are Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens?

We are a grassroots organization that defends against Oil and Gas development in the Rio Chama Watershed, NM while educating and advocating for sustainable, safe energy and income sources in our region.

Our Considerations Are:

  • To inform and educate our community on current issues that affect public health, safety, land, air and water quality in the Rio Chama Watershed.
  • To promote the Rio Chama Watershed as a model for sustainable development and renewable energy.
  • To stand for the “Frontier District” as designated in the Rio Arriba County Oil and Gas Ordinance (2009). This district is east of the Continental Divide and home of the Rio Chama Watershed.
  • To maintain a relationship with Federal, State, and County decision-makers to provide information and education concerning Oil and Gas development and promoting Green Energy to the wider community.

Keep up with the latest environmental and sustainability news affecting our Watershed, region and the wider world via our Facebook stream.

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Sustainable Good News Sunday features an 8 minute YouTube feature on Ocean Clean Up 03 as we head toward Earth Day tomorrow. The ambitious project created by young founder Boyan Slat is truly contributing to healthier ocean environment with a system to clean up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Ocean Clean Up 03 can sweep an area the size of a football field every 5 seconds. It now can capture 45 tons of plastic in a single pass which is sorted. The new technologies include built-in marine life safety hatches, computer tracking and modeling and multi-cameras to track the process and weather. After sorting the plastics are given to recycling partners such as Plastix and even automaker Kia - who will incorporate some of the recycled plastics into their EV cars. Ocean Clean Up is also working to clean up smaller waterways using river interceptors all over the world to stave off the flow of plastic into the ocean.

Of course, plastic reduction in the form of new technologies that include biodegradable options, responsible use and expansion of real plastic recycling programs are a long term solution. As the Ocean Clean Up systems evolve it will still take 10 years to clean up the massive patch in the Pacific – let that sink in.

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This great looking event is happening this Sunday! The Earth Day Festival NM 2024, April 21st, 10am-4pm, Balloon Fiesta Park. Check it out! Event details in the link. earthdayfestivalnm.com/

From the website:” Sunday will be a fun day for the whole family with a variety of educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Join us to upcycle art from trash, see induction cooking demonstrations, and learn how we work together as a community to lower climate pollution, adopt clean energy and enjoy healthier lives. The Earth Day Festival NM 2024 will feature students’ artistic interpretations with a poetry and art contest, provide free home electrification plans, and host booths focused on sustainability.”
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This great looking event is happening this Sunday! The Earth Day Festival NM 2024, April 21st, 10am-4pm, Balloon Fiesta Park. Check it out! Event details in the link. https://earthdayfestivalnm.com/
From the website:” Sunday will be a fun day for the whole family with a variety of educational exhibits, demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Join us to upcycle art from trash, see induction cooking demonstrations, and learn how we work together as a community to lower climate pollution, adopt clean energy and enjoy healthier lives. The Earth Day Festival NM 2024 will feature students’ artistic interpretations with a poetry and art contest, provide free home electrification plans, and host booths focused on sustainability.”
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