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Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary - Solicitation for Stories

Please join us and share your surface water story and memories in the NMED public comment portal. Your authored or anonymous stories will be showcased during the “Month of Water” in October 2022 to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and in SWQBs “Clearing the Waters” 2022 Special Edition this winter.

It’s amazing to think that just 50 years ago, in 1972, growing public awareness of the importance of water quality led to sweeping amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. The amended law became known as the Clean Water Act.

This Act established a goal of restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the nation’s waters for the use and benefit of every American. These goals have helped us achieve a dramatic decrease in the levels of pollution in waters of our Nation and the beautiful state of New Mexico. Over the past 50 years, together, we have made great strides towards achieving a vision of abundant clean water for people to use and to protect the environment to sustain New Mexico’s future, but we need to do more. If history serves us well, we know that we will need to work together to prepare for the challenges of the future.

During October, the Surface Water Quality Bureau will host a month of Clean Water Act conversations and activities for our water community in New Mexico to remember the waters of our past, highlight how we currently value and protect New Mexico’s surface waters, and prepare for the future.

Our stories live in our hearts and memories and move us to action when they are powerful enough. As part of this celebration, we are asking YOU to share your water story about a special stream, river, lake, or wetland in the NMED public comment portal . Your authored or anonymous story may be showcased during the “Month of Clean Water” or highlighted in SWQB’s Special Winter Edition of “Clearing the Waters” newsletter.

To share your story and memories, please answer the following prompts and submit them to the NMED public comment portal :
1.      List three words that describe your favorite surface water or memories associated with this particular river, stream, lake, or wetland?
Love, respect, and wanderlust. (example)    
2.      Use one of the three words from #1 in a sentence that describes your surface water story or memory?
My wanderlust takes me to different water places, it’s like a treasure hunt, my prize - reaching that mountain top and seeing a jeweled lake below. (example)  
3.      Come, sit by the campfire, and tell us your full story in 3 paragraphs or less!
I’m a scuba diver so I try to dive as much as I can, even in New Mexico! The Blue Hole, located in Santa Rosa, is a freshwater wonder that has a constant 62 °F (17 °C) with a collapsed cavern, that holds many stories and secrets. It was a cold, April day when we did our dive there. We had to carry our heavy equipment in the windy surface. But underneath the freedom was exhilarating, and you felt at peace with the world. I shall never forget my desert dive at 4,600 feet above sea level. (example)

We welcome all New Mexicans to celebrate 50 years of Clean Water Act achievements with us and challenge you to continue and expand upon your clean water goals for the next 50 years!

For more information please contact:
Shelly Lemon Bureau Chief Surface Water Quality Bureau 505-470-5018 [email protected]

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