Our communities, land and water are worth protecting.

You cannot drink oil.

Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens is entirely a grassroots volunteer effort. We came together in the winter of 2013, over concerns about proposed oil and gas lease sales within the boundaries of the Rio Chama Watershed near Cebolla, NM. Our community rallied to push back hard and the leases in question were deferred. The BLM has since proposed to lease other public lands in our watershed for oil and gas development and each time we have effectively mobilized to protect our precious land and water sources. RACC calls for a halt to any further oil and gas development in the Rio Chama Watershed. We are grateful to have a rich and resourceful community that brings together profound skills, work and innovation

You can make a difference! If you are interested in being involved, contact us at info@rioarribaconcernedcitizens.com or join us today to receive important updates and alerts.

Our Mission

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.


Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens is a New Mexico Non Profit Corporation, fiscally sponsored by Luciente Inc, a 501 (c) (3) Tax-Exempt Organization
Rio Arriba Concerned Citizens
Abiquiu NM 87510

Board Officers

William Clark (President & Treasurer)
Cinda Graham (Vice President)

Board of Directors

William Clark
Cinda Graham
Felipe Martinez
Henry Ochoa
Peggy Baker
Rebekah Henty

Advisory Council

Carolyn Riege
Barbara Turner
Galen Knight
Leah Hoffman
Jackie Wagner

Help us keep this beautiful land and water pristine for another 100 million years.