Amigos Bravos

Because Water Matters — Since 1988

We have a vision of New Mexico’s rivers and streams running so clear and clean that you can bend a knee to the water, cup your hands, and drink without fear.


Holding Polluters Accountable

Mining Reform

Amigos Bravos works to defend the New Mexico Mining Act and its bonding provisions (requirements that mining operations put up a bond whose funds will be used for post-mining cleanup). New Mexico’s clean-up bonding provisions are among the most stringent in the world. We helped to coordinate grassroots groups and technical experts during finalization of restoration agreements for the state's hardrock mines, resulting in... more>>

Molycorp Mine

Molycorp, Inc. mines molybdenum ("moly") a few miles east of Questa, New Mexico. The mine itself dates back to the 1920's. In 1965, Molycorp began open pit operations. In 1983, it returned to underground mining. The pit and hundreds of millions of tons of heavy-metal laced, acid-generating waste rock excavated from it now scar several hundred acres of the landscape between Questa and the town of Red River. Contaminates of ground water and the Red River has caused health issues to people, livestock, and crops all the way from the mine site to the village of Questa.... more>>

Los Alamos National Laboratory

On February 7th, 2008, Amigos Bravos, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety, Don Gabino Andrade Community Acequia Association, Embudo Valley Environmental Monitoring Group, New Mexico Acequia Association, Partnership for Earth Spirituality, Río Grande Restoration, SouthWest Organizing Project, Gilbert Sanchez, Kathy Sanchez, and Tewa Women United filed a lawsuit against Los Alamos National Laboratory for violations... more>>

Energy Development (Oil and Gas)

New Mexico has changed rapidly since 1970, adding almost a million people and nearly doubling in size. New Mexico’s economy also has shown strong growth: the state added more than 700,000 jobs and $41 billion in new personal income from 1970 to 2006.  Like the rest of the West, New Mexico’s economy modernized in recent decades and now more closely resembles the national economy, with a predominant mix of service and professional industries. Intensive oil and natural gas activity occurs in two parts of the state—the San Juan Basin in the northwest and the Permian Basin in the Southeast—both remote from the state’s major economic centers...more>>

Confined Animal Feeding Operations (Dairies)

The dairy industry in New Mexico is the number one agricultural activity in the state, with 159 dairies and approximately 325,000 milk cows. The average New Mexico dairy produces 44 million pounds of milk per year, which is worth an estimated 5.8 million dollars. New Mexico is the seventh largest milk producing state, providing 4% of the 177 billion pounds of milk produced annually in the United States. ... more>>