You are here: HomeNewsLocal News ReleasesNew Mexico Senate protects Water Quality Control Commission in dramatic vote on Senate floor

New Mexico Senate protects Water Quality Control Commission in dramatic vote on Senate floor

(Santa Fe, NM) – Today, the New Mexico Senate voted in support of New Mexico’s families and rich agricultural heritage when it voted down an amendment to strip the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) out of Senate Bill 163 Change Board & Commission Sunset Dates on an 18 to 23 vote. The amendment would have allowed the WQCC to expire or “sunset” on July 1 of this year. If SB 163 becomes law, the WQCC would be extended to 2019.

The WQCC is the only entity in New Mexico authorized to enact rules pursuant to the federal Clean Water Act or to set water quality standards. The Commission also approves variances for water quality regulations and hears appeals of water pollution permits.

“In these drought-stricken times, we have to protect every drop of water we have,” said Sandy Buffett, Executive Director of Conservation Voters New Mexico. “We thank the Senate for protecting the Water Quality Control Commission so it can continue to protect our water and in turn, our families and farms.”

Senator Phil Griego proposed the amendment, demanding that the WQCC be discussed when his Senate Bill 193 is heard. This bill dramatically weakens the WQCC by altering its composition by removing the health and technical expertise and stacking it towards industry-allied agencies. SB 193 would turn the WQCC’s focus from water quality to water quantity. However, the bill has not yet been heard in its first committee and if it were to fail to pass in the last weeks of the 2013 legislative session, the WQCC would sunset.

Conservation Voters New Mexico worked with the New Mexico Environmental Law Center, the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, Trout Unlimited, the Office of the Attorney General and Southwest Environmental Center to ensure the security of our precious water resources by protecting the WQCC.

Live from Silver City

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

If you are interested in a turnkey restaurant, check out the classfieds!

ALERT! The Beat website is undergoing upgrading this weekend, and may not be accessible part of Saturday and/or Sunday, but we will try to minimize the time it is offline. Thanks for your understanding! We'll see you next week with an updated site. Have a safe Memorial Day weekend!

The Beat totally appreciates its readers!  Thanks for having patience during these busy days of spring!

WARNING: All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Feel free to notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., if you notice any problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Check Out Classifieds. And look at Sponsors to see who is helping the Beat.

It's really easy to check to see if there's a classified ad. Just click on Classifieds in the blue menu and the page will open letting you know if there is a classified ad. Remember that your buying classified ads gives you a wide readership, as well as supporting the Beat.

Post YOURS for quick results!

Note that if an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Remember that all articles and photos are copyrighted to the person who wrote or took them. Please ask permission before using anything written or photographed. We charge a small fee for use of photos.

When you click on the blue and orange button on the upper left side of most pages, you will find out how you can help the Beat defray its expenses, which, with increased readership, continue to grow. You will arrive at a page that gives you options of how you can Help the Beat. All help is greatly appreciated and keeps the news you want and need coming into your browser.

Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com.

Go to top