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NMED soliciting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund!

The New Mexico Environment Department Construction Programs Bureau is now soliciting applications for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund! This is a federal program, administered by NMED, offering low cost financing to eligible public entities for planning/design/construction of wastewater collection and treatment facilities and non-point source water pollution control projects. All applications are ranked in order of: 1). Water Quality Factors 2). Permit Compliance 3). Financial Need 4). Sustainability and 5). Readiness to Proceed. Bonus Points are awarded for green projects incorporating: green infrastructure, water efficiency, energy efficiency or environmentally innovative activities!  ..

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Progress Report: Read about NM's strengths and weaknesses in Education, Health, Economy and Water

2015 New Mexico Progress Report .. Read More

Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings

New Mexico First will host Resilience in New Mexico Agriculture Regional Meetings! Register today!

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Access Water Research on the Go!

New Mexico First is pleased to announce that we are using a new web platform to produce reports, enabling you to easily view them on your desktop, phone or tablet.(You will also retain the option to access them in “old-fashioned” PDF.) Our water research report, initially published last year, is the first document available on the new platform. Access Advancing New Mexico's Future: Water Planning, Development & Use anytime, and watch for future data in the same format!

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What do YOU think is the most urgent issue facing New Mexico?

Help us select the topic for the 2016 statewide town hall by taking a quick survey on the important issues confronting our state. As a citizen you know what is important in your community, and we need your advice!

Click here  to take the 3 minute survey. We appreciate your input!

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to read more about our last town hall!  ..

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2015 Legislative Session Water Policy Victories

New Mexico First is pleased to announce that a number of policies we supported during the 2015 legislative session passed. Our platform resulted from the 2014 statewide water town hall, which produced recommendations on water planning, watersheds and ecosystems, legal issues, new sources of water, funding, conservation and water quality. We joined with numerous organizations and individuals to support the following items, most of which have gone to the governor for signature. ..

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Water bills continue to move forward

New Mexico First supported bills continue to advance in the legislative process! A few items of note regarding the 2015 policy platform:

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Water bills moving steadily forward

So far, so good on water policy this session. New Mexico First, joined by almost 100 people in the Capitol Rotunda, presented proposed water reforms at last week’s lobby day. Town hall attendees, New Mexico First staff, and board members are talking with lawmakers and attending hearings to advance the organization’s 2015 policy platform. All our supported bills are still moving forward! A few items of note: ..

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NM First Unveils Water Policy Plan at NM Capitol

Joined by nearly 100 citizens, New Mexico First celebrated “New Mexico Water Awareness Week” at the NM Capitol by unveiling a policy plan to address New Mexico’s critical water problems. The plan was revealed at a press conference acknowledging “New Mexico Water Awareness Week,” which was the result of a memorial sponsored by Rep. Andy Nunez (R-Hatch) and co-signed by Sen. Gerald Ortiz Y Pino (D-Albuquerque).

The press conference spotlighted the comprehensive legislative plan, which was developed from recommendations created at the New Mexico First 2014 water town hall, which was attended by over 300 people from 31 counties, representing urban, rural, and tribal interests.The legislative plan includes:  ..

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Join us for Water Policy Day at the Legislature!

Join New Mexico First, Rep. Andy Nunez (R-Hatch), Sen. Mary Kay Papen (D-Las Cruces) and Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-Albuquerque) for Water Policy Day at the legislature on Thursday, February 5th in the Capitol Rotunda. The event starts at 9 a.m.

The event kicks off “New Mexico Water Awareness Week,” February 5-11, 2015. A wide range of water policy reforms will be advanced, including watershed restoration, brackish water research, incentives for conservation, and other policy priorities from the New Mexico First 2014 water town hall..

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