Category Archives: Our Land

Superfund Site in Socorro

Our Land Eagle Picher Cherri 3

March 8, 2019 – For this month’s installment of Our Land, environmental correspondent Laura Paskus travels to Socorro and a Superfund cleanup site where a plume of toxic groundwater from an old battery plant is seeping underneath homes. The Eagle Picher site has been a federally designated cleanup project since 2007, and the state has been aware of the problem since the 1980s. Paskus asks state officials about the holdup on one of the state’s 16 designated Superfund sites.

Guests:
Cheri Lerew, Socorro homeowner
Sabino Rivera, New Mexico Environment Department

Our Land: Clean Water Rules

Our Land Clean Waters Rule

February 8, 2019 – In an arid state like New Mexico, all of our waters are critically important. Even the smallest streams and most remote wetlands. This month for Our Land, Laura Paskus takes is from high in the Sandia Mountains to down along the Middle Rio Grande to learn about why “temporary” waterways are so important – and also why they’re at increased risk.

Keep up with our coverage on the Our Land Facebook page and YouTube channel.

For Further Reading:

Revised Clean Water Rule leaves out most of NM’s waterways – Laura Paskus, New Mexico Political Report