- Special Sections
- Public Notices
ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Environment Secretary Ron Curry has asked the federal government for help with what he called an “urgent issue” affecting the state’s water quality.
Curry is taking aim at off-road vehicle trails on the Santa Fe National Forest in northern New Mexico, saying in a letter addressed to regional officials with the Environmental Protection Agency that fragile soils and riparian ecosystems are being destroyed.
“I personally toured an area of the Jemez Mountains affected by ORV and ATV use in 2009 and expressed my concerns to the Santa Fe National Forest supervisor regarding the impacts I observed to state surface water resources. One year later, ORV and ATVs are still uncontrolled on our national forest public lands,” Curry wrote in his letter.
Curry is requesting $150,000 in EPA funds to hire a contractor to study and quantify the contribution of off-roading activity to sediment and turbidity impairment in streams and wetlands. The money would go toward identifying areas where off-highway vehicle use has the greatest impact on water quality so land managers can focus their mitigation efforts, he said.
If you currently subscribe or have subscribed in the past to the Los Alamos Monitor, then simply find your account number on your mailing label and enter it below.
Click the question mark below to see where your account ID appears on your mailing label.
If you are new to the award winning Los Alamos Monitor and wish to get a subscription or simply gain access to our online content then please enter your ZIP code below and continue to setup your account.