Environment

SFNF Reminds Visitors Vault Toilets Are Not Trash Cans

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SFNF News:
SANTA FE – Recreation staff on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) report widespread misuse of vault toilets, especially along the popular corridor that ends at the Santa Fe ski basin.
Too many visitors are dumping their trash in places it doesn’t belong, including the vault toilets at developed recreation sites.
Vault toilets are a good solution for sites without running water. The toilets are installed over an underground tank or vault and enclosed by a small building. Human waste is held in the underground vault and periodically pumped out to be hauled away for

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Daily Postcard: Pygmy Nuthatches Frolic In Local Pond While Lifting Spirits All Over Los Alamos

Pygmy Nuthatches frolic in a pond Monday and bath in the cool water at a residence on Barranca Mesa as they lift spirits all over Los Alamos. These energetic songbirds forage by climbing pine trunks and branches to search under bark and in needle clusters for insects and seeds. They move constantly and give short, squeaky calls, often mixing with chickadees, kinglets and other songbirds. Pygmy Nuthatches are highly social and breed cooperatively and also pile in to cavities of trees in groups to roost communally on cold winter nights. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

Several


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Shift In Atmospheric Rivers May Affect Antarctic Sea Ice

Peterman Island, Graham Land, Antarctica. A new study finds that atmospheric rivers in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a trend which could lead to increased rates of ice melt in Antarctica. Courtesy/McKay Savage, CC-BY-2.0

AGU News:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Weather systems responsible for transporting moisture from the tropics to temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere have been gradually shifting toward the South Pole for the past 40 years, a trend which could lead to increased rates of ice melt in Antarctica, according to


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Power Outage In White Rock And Ski Hill

COUNTY News:

Lightning struck a utility pole near the Del Norte Credit Union on Rover in White Rock at 6 p.m. and downed an electric line. Approximately 600 customers between Sherwood, Rover and Grand Canyon are without power. Linemen are dispatched and are working on repairs. 

At approximately 8 p.m. electric linemen will need to deenergize the rest of the circuit to complete repairs, causing all customers in White Rock with the exception of Pajarito Acres, La Senda and Mirador to lose power. Estimated time of repairs to all customers in White Rock is expected by 9:30 p.m.      

In addition,


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All Hands All Lands Burn Team Mobilizing Pile Burn Squad

Pile Burn Squad set to work on backlog of piled fuels on private lands. Courtesy/Fire Adapted NM

USDA News:

SANTA FE — Since 2018, a diverse array of partners have worked with The Nature Conservancy’s Rio Grande Water Fund and the Forest Stewards Guild to implement prescribed fire across over 7,400 acres to protect water sources, wildlife, and forests while reducing wildfire risk.

These forests are adapted to fire and need low-intensity burns to remain healthy. The All Hands All Lands Burn Team (Burn Team) is a fully qualified team designed to lead prescribed burns or support others in burning


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Energy, Minerals And Natural Resources Department Presents Budget Proposal To Legislative Finance Committee

EMNRD News:

SANTA FE — The Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) Cabinet Secretary Sarah Cottrell Propst presented a proposed FY22 budget Thursday to the Legislative Finance Committee.

The proposed budget of $68,013,100 balances the reality of the state’s current economic situation with EMNRD’s statutory obligations and policy goals.

If approved, the budget would allow EMNRD to continue to implement programs such as the recently enacted solar market development tax credit, effectively deploy fire crews, modernize our state parks system, bring lands impacted


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Daily Postcard: Steller’s Jay Spotted Collecting Food

A Steller’s Jay is spotted Wednesday collecting food at a home on Barranca Mesa. Like other jays, Steller’s Jays are bold, inquisitive, intelligent, and noisy. They spend much of their time exploring the forest canopy, flying with patient wingbeats. They come to the forest floor to investigate visitors and look for food, moving with decisive hops of their long legs. Source: allaboutbirds.org. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A Steller’s Jay is spotted Wednesday collecting food at a home on Barranca Mesa. Photo by Selvi Viswanathan

A Steller’s Jay is spotted Wednesday collecting food at a home on


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Trump Administration Strengthens Rapid Response To Protect Western Waters Against Invasive Mussels

Invasive quagga and zebra mussels produce millions of microscopic larvae that float freely on currents and attach to any object or substrate, including boat hulls, buoys, pipes, even other animals such as crayfish and turtles. Courtesy/wildlife.state.nm.us

From the Office of the Department of the Interior:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Trump Administration announced Tuesday a new interagency conservation agreement to protect western water supplies, power generation, outdoor recreation and aquatic ecosystems by strengthening efforts to combat invasive mussels.

A Memorandum of Understanding


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Fall 2020 Edition Of New Mexico Wildlife Available Online

NMGF News:

The Department of Game and Fish has released its all-digital fall issue of New Mexico Wildlife.

This issue focuses on conservation efforts in southern New Mexico. Readers will notice an featured an oryx, one of the state’s exotic big game animals, on this season’s cover. 

Also in this issue are articles about the science behind restoring New Mexico’s Gila trout population, playa restoration efforts in partnership with Playa Lakes Joint Venture and how the use of controlled burns is improving lesser prairie chicken habitat. 

In addition to the magazine, take


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USDA Forest Service Invites Public Feedback On Proposed List Of Deferred Maintenance Projects For Fiscal Year 2022

USDA News:

ALBUQUERQUE — USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region is seeking public feedback on a proposed list of deferred maintenance projects under construction for Great American Outdoors Act funding in fiscal year 2022. 

The Forest Service projects, which are now open for public feedback on the forest service website, aim to address the agency’s $5.2 billion deferred maintenance backlog and improve public access and quality of visitor experience through repair and restoration of roads, trails, bridges, recreation sites and other facilities. Information about Great American


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State Issues Administrative Compliance Order To Dry Cleaning Business For Alleged Hazardous Waste Violations Linked To Groundwater Contamination In Española

NMED News:

ESPAÑOLA — The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issued an administrative compliance order to D. and D. Mountain Air Cleaners, Inc. in Española (Mountain Air), for alleged violations of state and federal hazardous waste laws that are linked to groundwater contamination in the area.

Part of the plume is also located on Santa Clara Pueblo lands. NMED has also required Mountain Air to develop a clean-up plan and begin remediation of the contamination.

A plume of contamination consisting of organic solvents common to dry cleaning operations was discovered during the site characterization


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Carbon Free Power Project Advances To Next Phase

COUNTY News:

Participants in the Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems UAMPS Carbon Free Power Project (CFPP) voted on Nov. 9, 2020 to advance to the next phase and approve the associated Budget and Plan of Finance.

Integral to this phase will be the preparation of the Combined Operating and Construction License Application (COLA) for the proposed CFPP – a nuclear generating facility to be sited in Idaho utilizing small modular reactor technology.

Upon direction of the Board of Public Utilities and the County Council, Utilities Manager Philo Shelton on behalf of Los Alamos County


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2020 Recycle Art Fair & Fashion Show Winners Announced

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County Environmental Services News:

The National Recycling Coalition created America Recycles Day in 1997. Every year on Nov. 15, millions of people across the United States participate in America Recycles Day. This day raises awareness about recycling, reusing, reducing waste and the importance of purchasing recycled products to close the loop.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County Environmental Services hosted a fun and interactive Recycle Art and Fashion Show.

This year, despite COVID-19 restrictions,


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Commissioned Study Finds New Mexico’s Wild Gila And San Francisco Rivers Contribute Substantially To Local Economy

EDD News:

SANTA FE — Water related outdoor recreation in New Mexico’s Gila River and San Francisco River watersheds stimulates economic activity that supports at least 3,900 jobs in New Mexico, providing $92.4 million of income, according to a new study conducted by Southwick and Associates and commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

These water related activities contribute at least $427.8 million to the state’s economy annually. In addition, this spending is associated with $143.9 million of value-added to New Mexico’s economy.

The sustained economic benefits the Gila and San Francisco


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