Local work group meeting of NRCS and CSWCD
The Natural Resources and Conservation Service (NRCS) and Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (CSWCD) are announcing a Farm Bill Local Work Group meeting to be held on September 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the conference room of the Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 1500 Idalia, Building C (Transportation Building), Bernalillo.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service administers several programs that assist farmers and ranchers with improving and maintaining the health of natural resources in the area. The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) is one program that was established under the 1996 Farm Bill. Through EQIP, farmers and ranchers may receive financial and technical help to install or implement structural and management conservation practices on eligible agricultural land.
The Local Work Group meeting is to assist NRCS and Coronado Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) to prepare for the Fiscal Year 2017 EQIP program. EQIP funds will be established for each NRCS Field Office that serves one or more Soil and Water Conservation District. Input is needed from the Local Work Group to help determine local resource concerns so the District Conservationist and the SWCD develop a community-based proposed program for implementation. Once the program is established, it will be submitted to the State Conservationist for review and approval. Upon approval, program determinations for 2017 will be posted on the New Mexico NRCS website: www.nm.nrcs.usda.gov/.
If you have any questions regarding the Local Work Group meeting, call 865-4643 Ext. 3.
Festival celebrates New Mexico brewers, vintners, and distillers
Bernalillo’s Mountain West BrewFest is only in its second year but already growing. At last report, 17 brewers, six wineries, and one distiller had signed up for the two-day event in Loretto Park on the Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend.
“This is almost double the number of breweries as last year,” Maria Rinaldi, director of community planning and development, said during a recent town council meeting. At that time, there was still space for additional brewers and distillers, she said.
The event runs from noon to 6:00 both days. General admission is twenty dollars, and VIP admission is forty dollars, which includes access to beer, wine, and spirit pours in the VIP tent.
Admission is limited to people 21 and older with government-issued photo IDs, although that does not include vertical IDs, even if the person has turned 21. Pets are not allowed. Food will be available, and patrons can bring blankets to sit on and sealed bottles of water. Bands will play both days.
While no special Rail Runner Express trains are planned, the Sandoval/US 550 station is a five-to-ten minute walk from the festival grounds, and shuttle buses will be running, according to organizers. They also encourage safe driving and will have Designated Driver Booth, offering designated drivers a free T-shirt and free nonalcoholic beverages.
New Mexico receives EPA grant to help clean up hazardous wastes
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $427,022 dollars to the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) for programs that oversee the handling of solid and hazardous wastes. Under EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), this grant will help NMED develop programs to protect public health and the environment from facilities that contain, or have previously contained, hazardous waste.
EPA’s RCRA program addresses continuing challenges such as highly toxic waste, wastes from increasingly efficient air and water pollution control devices, population growth that places larger demands on natural resources, and long-term stewardship of facilities that closed with waste in place.
This grant is part of a total of $854,044 dollars from EPA that will support NMED’s enforcement, hazardous waste inspections of facilities, corrective action, RCRA permitting, state authorization, program management, and providing program information during the state’s 2017 fiscal year. The RCRA program continues to fulfill its mission by preventing contamination from harming communities, promoting community well-being, reducing and eliminating contamination, and advocating sustainable lifecycle wastes and material management approaches.