Polluted Future: New Mexico Clean Water Under Threat

News & Resources

The Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule removes protections for more than 90% of New Mexico’s surface water. Our state agencies can and should step up and fill the gaps to protect our water and the legislature must equip the agency with the funding they need to tackle this vital work.

New! In June 2021, the Biden Administration announced it will repeal the Trump Administration’s Dirty Water Rule. Read more from water advocates across New Mexico in our press release!

Get Involved

Add your name to the petition Petition to urge state leaders to protect our waters!

Learn More

For up-to-date information on efforts to fight back against the Dirty Water Rule, visit Amigos Bravos’ website.

Read the Dirty Water Rule fact sheet for more details.

Check out the recent Vox News story about the impacts of the Dirty Water Rule on New Mexico’s waters.

Watch New Mexico Environment Department Director of Water Protection Division Rebecca Roose’s full Congressional testimony on how severely the Dirty Water Rule impacts New Mexico. Written testimony is also available.

Amigos Bravos, New Mexico Acequia Association, and the Gila Resources Information Project challenged the Dirty Water Rule in New Mexico District Court.

The New Mexico Environment Department joined with other states to file a lawsuit against the Dirty Water Rule.

EPA’s web page about the Dirty Water Rule formally titled the Navigable Waters Protection Rule.

California Water Data Challenge Dirty Water Rule dashboard chronicles the rule’s impacts to New Mexico, created by students Wesley Chioh and Ana Gomez Lemmen Meyer.

Thank you to everyone who shared their time and energy with us in the Polluted Future video series!

Video Participants

  • Alex Jaramillo, farmer; Garden Program Coordinator, Northern Youth Project; Youth Representative, Communities for Clean Water
  • Allyson Siwik, Executive Director, Gila Resources Information Project
  • Anna Hansen, Santa Fe County Commissioner;  Vice Chair of the Buckman Direct Diversion Board for Santa Fe; and member of the River Commission for the City of Santa Fe
  • Beata Tsosie-Peña, Environmental Health and Justice Program Coordinator, Tewa Women United; Core Member, Communities for Clean Water 
  • Cisco Guevara, owner, Los Rios River Runners
  • Nick Streit, owner, Taos Fly Shop and The Reel Life
  • Rachel Conn, Projects Director, Amigos Bravos
  • Rebecca Roose, Director of the Water Protection Division, NM Environment Department
  • Vicente Fernandez, President for the Cañon Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association;  member of the Taos Valley Acequia Association; Mayordomo for the Acequia Madre del Sur

Polluted Future: New Mexico Clean Water Under Threat

Created in partnership by Amigos Bravos and CAVU




Producer: CAVU

Co-Directors: Liliana Castillo and Staci Stevens

Cinematography: Vladimir Chaloupka

Additional photography: David Aubrey, Nate Stone, Peter Bill, Tyler Bingham, & Allison Siwik

Editor: Madison McClintock


Story Map

Web Design: Maria Chavez

Photography: Vladimir Chaloupka

Graphic.Design: Brandon Basino

Content Development: Liliana Castillo, Rachel Conn, Staci Stevens